The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Putting education out of reach for workers’ children

Mar 5, 2007

Public universities in Michigan have raised tuition and fees 37% in the last four years. The average increase for last year alone came to $740.

One of the main reasons for the increase is that the state, under Governor Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, has cut university funding by 250 million dollars.

By decreasing public funding for the universities, the bosses make it harder for working families to put their kids through college. The school with the biggest increase was Wayne State, which draws most of its students from middle class and working class areas in and around Detroit. Wayne State raised its costs 58% over the four years.

With all the wealth in this society, quality higher education should be a right, not a privilege.