Nevada students organizing to fight budget cuts


Students in Nevada are organizing to fight cuts to education funding. Image: Wikimedia Commons

In Reno, Nevada, college students are gearing up for a fight. These students, however, are armed with statistics, numbers and suggestions. As the legislature considers cutting education funding yet again, some students are fighting back.

Proposed cuts to Nevada education

Nevada, like most other states, is facing huge budget deficits that it must balance. Nevada’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year includes a $162 million cut to higher education programs. The legislature is also considering taking a payday loan no fax from the Tobacco Settlement money — a trust fund that currently finances scholarships. The money would be instead be directed to other state programs in need of money.

New organizations of students

Rather than sit-ins and protests, college students are taking on the problems of the education budget in an entirely new way. Many student governments are creating new committees for the purpose of taking on the legislature. Student activist groups are having pre-legislature meetings to go over the financial details and legislation being considered. Buses are being hired to take huge groups of students to the statehouse to testify in hearings. With everything from dossiers on the legislators to talking points, the students intend to overwhelm the legislators to the point they have to listen.

Calling students future investment

The biggest point that students are making about the proposed cuts to education is that they are effectively a short-term loan. Sure, the state may get more budgetary money in the short-term. In the long term, though, the lack of educated professionals could hurt the state’s competitiveness. The University of Reno, Nevada, has already closed down both its career center and several student-support services. These cuts help schools stay solvent and stay open. At the same time, students contend that it means they are paying more money for an education that is simply sub-par.


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