To pass the most recent budget, the state legislature had to fill a $250 million gap and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy says that some of the deepest funding cuts went to higher education.
That was the topic of a presentation they held on Tuesday afternoon at West Virginia University.
The funding cuts resulted in an increase in tuition, leading many more students to believe they cannot afford the cost of higher education.
The Center on Budget and Policy wants to educate West Virginian’s about the budget crisis and empower people to speak to lawmakers so that next year’s budget won’t have the deep cuts to education.
“There’s been a lot of talk about privatizing the schools like the Osteopathic Medical School in Lewisburg, looking at Glenville State, other colleges to get rid of them, stop paying for them,” said Ted Boettner, Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. “I think that’s probably the last thing we should be doing in a state that ranks last in post secondary education attainment.”
The funding cuts are also resulting in more debt being placed on students when they graduate.