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Georgia tuition hikes coming for 2011

January 19, 2011 Comments off

Ah, where to start today. It has been a whirlwind of reports about the sad state of affairs in our education system. Atlanta schools are serverd a healthy dose of reality by SACS through accreditation probation, Moving APS closer to revocation. A teacher at DeKalb Schools writes a stinging rebuke of DeKalb schools and its reliance on top administrators and its inability to produce productive and competent members of society. DeKalb decided to increase the superintendents pay in a time of cutbacks and sagging revenues. But I wanted to tackle a different education issue. One that affects people statewide. The head of the University System of Georgia told a a group of legislators the following

Chancellor Erroll Davis told state budget writers Tuesday that it would take a 30 percent tuition increase to offset all of the expect cuts to higher education budgets, but Davis promised that wouldn’t happen. Instead, Davis told a joint hearing of the House and Senate Appropriations committees, the system will look for other cuts and ways to increase efficiencies to lower the hit to students and families.

Still, Davis said students and parents will likely be paying more for college by fall.

It is that last sentence that will likely have you paying more for a college education in Georgia. It seems that every year, parents and students are asked to take on a heavier burden to pay for college. I know some would rather see a tuition hike instead of a fee increase because tuition is covered by scholarships and some grants, but in the end, too many parents end up in debt and too many students leave college already in a deep hole financially. Many students could actually find themselves in financial ruin before they find a job coming out of college. So what do we do? Should we limit the number of students in our research and regional universities? This would take the pressure off those schools, but it may trickle down to the smaller schools. Maybe we should encourage more students to enter into community college for their first two years. Two year schools cost less to operate so costs could be contained and any student who fulfills his or her obligation at a two year institution can move to any four year school in Georgia without loss of credit provided you don’t make drastic changes to your major. Maybe raising standards at the the state’s universities will cull the number of  students thereby reducing costs for everyone.  With rising tuition, many students who work hard to maintain a solid GPA and do all the extra-curricular activities in high school that make their college application look good will find themselves unable to afford to take the next step in their educational careers. With tuition rising 79 percent in the past decade, it will be hard for low-income and lower middle-class folks to keep up. It may be wise for parents to go ahead and have heir child do community college first. It will save them a ton of money over the course of 4-5 years.

See a list of tuition costs at Georgia Schools

Georgia bumpkin tosses latest salvo in class warfare

April 21, 2010 2 comments

Senate votes today on cutting income tax credit for the poor | Gold Dome Live.

Once again, a bumpkin legislator has tossed the latest salvo in the warfare between the well to do and the working poor. In what seems to be a plan to save the state some money, Rep. David Knight of Griffin,  has decide he will take money from people who can least afford it. His proposed bill would take way the credits that poor people can claim on their taxes. You must be under the 20,000 dollar or less threshold to claim it. People making that kind of money don’t pay taxes anyway, but taking way this credit is a slap in the face to the poor all over this state. It is ironic that his bill initially failed to pass muster in the house, so the Senate decide to attach his crap to another bill. Here is the kick though. The Georgia legislator has decided to lessen the tax burden on upper income old folks, as well as cut the capital gains tax. Republicans preach a good game when it comes to tax cuts. they know that will get the base energized. But when you look into the details, their love of tax cuts only extend to their kind. Nothing for those of us in the middle, and not a damn thing for the least among us. I bet my bank account you won’t see tea parties and protests from the so-called patriots on this one.

Legislature screws MARTA, and working class folks too

April 20, 2010 Comments off

Jay Bookmans blog posting about MARTA and the legislators who refuse to help it during these tough financial times forgets to mention one troubling issue with MARTA and those who refuse to help fund it. Many of the people in power who control MARTA’s fate at the legislative level do not care about the people who rely on MARTA for basic transportation survival. After all who rides MARTA? Poor people, people who have little or no education, people who live in crime-ridden apartment complexes, minorities, useless old folk or just some baby’s mama. In the grand scheme of things, these people do not matter. They are voiceless and passive, and therefore are not a threat. That is why the legislature can drag its feet when it comes to helping MARTA. When corporations open their mouths, and start using their influence that is when something will happen with MARTA. But wait, the corporations have no stake in MARTA. After all the bulk of their workers who “mean” anything to the bottom line drive to their plush corporate settings in the suburbs without a care in the world. MARTA’s primary directive is to move the nannies, the janitors, and the unskilled from his hovel in that other part of town to the castles occupied by the powerful who could care less if some lowly worker is left without an option to get to work. For those in power, a lowly janitor can be replaced a thousand times over with a janitor who has a car.

MARTA is in the deepest doo according to this site

Ballot access in Georgia

February 8, 2010 Comments off

When I saw this post at JasonPye.com,  I was pleased to see that someone had introduced a bill in  the Georgia legislature for better access for political parties other than Democrat or Republican. You see, I am the type of voter who does not vote based on a party, I vote for the candidate. A lot of people make a point of being independent, and claim to vote for the candidate they think will do the best job. I think that most of those independent voters still vote for the party rather than the candidate and the parties know this and like this. I like to look at a candidate and see if they want the district, the state, or the USA to go in a particular direction that satisfies what I want to see. Sometimes I vote for a Republican when I think its time to cut taxes, or work on our military. Other times I vote Democrat, especially at a local level if I want to see some movement on social issues close to my heart. What I hate, is that I only have two choices. At the local and state level and in Congress, I would like to see more candidates that are not affiliated with Democrats or Republicans. A lot of times, these independent/non-affiliated guys/gals have their finger on the button when it comes to issues that affect everyday citizens like myself. Sometimes I disagree with their overall platform, but their may be a nugget in there, that trumps the other stuff. I hope the bill at least gets some attention if for no other reason but to shed light on a system that is built to exclude rather than include. Read the post at JasonPye.com and you will get a good overview of how the system works today, then check out the bill here.

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