The High Stakes of Higher Education

Invest In or Forfeit Our Future

Friday, Jun 24, 2011  |  Updated 4:33 PM PDT
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Suzanne Shaw argues it's time to put the public good of higher education to a public vote.

Suzanne Shaw argues it's time to put the public good of higher education to a public vote.

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Another Viewpoint: The High Stakes of Higher Education

Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director, shares viewer feedback to our latest editorial on higher education.
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And now, an NBC Bay Area Editorial:

With new wide sweeping cuts proposed, we're about to dismantle the world's greatest systems of higher education. NBC Bay Area believes, we can't go down this path.

I'm Suzanne Shaw (NBC Bay Area Editorial Director)

With California's population growing by 400,000 a year, we can't let our community colleges turn away 100,000 students, or let Cal State suffer a 36% cut in funding.

We're already short of higher degrees. Do we really want more jobs to leave the state? Do we want more undereducated, underemployed, so we shrink the tax base, increase Welfare?

We need 1.5 billion to save education, roughly $38 dollars per person. We either pay now, or forfeit our future. An educated, competitive workforce is core to a thriving economy.

With Sacramento in gridlock, let the voters decide what to spend, and what to cut.

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January 16th, 2011
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January 2nd, 2011
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