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VOICES* AGAINST
TUITION HIKES

 

*Very loud and very clear   

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1,500 students, faculty and trade unionists rallied at City Hall on Wednesday, February 26 to build to build a movement against tuition hikes and budget cuts.  Click image for more photos.

 

TESTIMONY AGAINST TUITION HIKES:  
The City Council Committee on Higher Education passed a resolution and  held a hearing on Friday, January 31 in response to threatened tuition increases.  Both the resolution and the testimony spoke powerfully and eloquently against tuition hikes.  What follows are links to the resolution and to testimony by students, faculty, PSC leaders and others. 
THE RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION:
"Resolution urging the city and state to continue funding the City University of New York at current levels so as to avoid tuition increases, cuts to important financial aid programs such as the TAP, SEEK and College Discovery Programs, and the Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarship program, and thus avoid unjustly balancing the city and state budgets on the backs of college students and their families." 
-- Full Resolution
TESTIMONY: ANNE FRIEDMAN, VP FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES:
"I have recited a litany of statistics, but I know, we all know, as we gather together in this historic chamber, that statistics have faces and voices and stories.  After only a week working with my new students I am humbled by the aspirations and determination reflected in a rich and vibrant spectrum of complexions and panoply of voices. Community college students are deserving and tenacious.  They ARE our city and they are our future."  -- Full Testimony
TESTIMONY: ALLISON McDONALD, BMCC STUDENT:  
"....For BMCC students these figures [by the Governor calling for tuition increases] are frightening.  Simply put, we cannot afford a tuition hike.  An increase in our tuition means that thousands of us will never be able to achieve a college education.  It is hard enough for us as it is.  We have to balance jobs and families while we struggle to achieve that college degree that will ultimately make our lives better." 
-- Full Testimony
TESTIMONY: DENNIS SINNED, BMCC STUDENT: 
"Isn't it interesting that only the students seem to have the faculty to see through this transparent duplicity? This "tuition hike/TAP cut" is nothing more than a political anagram for "tax hike." But the education that the governor attempts to stifle is the one that we will spill out onto the streets, and our slogan will be 'Pataki is a liar,' and we will chant it like mantra." 
-- Full Testimony
TESTIMONY: JAY APPLEMAN, PSC CHAPTER CHAIR, QCC:
"Our graduates stay and work in their communities.  They are nurses.  They are teachers.  They start small businesses.  They become productive members of their communities, lifting themselves up and lifting up those around them.  They become part of the tax base.  This tuition increase doesn't just hurt the dreams and aspirations of individual students.  It destroys the dreams and aspirations of our students' families and the communities they live in! "  -- Full Testimony
TESTIMONY: LENORE BEAKY, LAGUARDIA CC:
"We are being told that there is no money, the same song that was
sung during the 1990's, the years of great surpluses and rolling wealth. 
But that wealth stayed in the private sector and was augmented by tax cuts, more tax cuts, and still more tax cuts. Now, when the surpluses have run out, we have-more tax cuts!  Yet, according to the Center for Public Policy and Higher Education in a 2002 report, New York State received a big fat F for "affordability" of higher education." 
-- Full Testimony

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NOTE: As a service to the CUNY communitry, the PSC presents  resolutions and testimony from the January 31 hearing of the City Council Committee on Higher Education.   The PSC opposes a tuition hike.  The full positions and arguments presented on these web pages are those of the individuals who testified and not necessarily those of the PSC unless identified as such.


 

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