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By L. Nicole Trottie, Publisher
SPRINGFIELD | Proviso Township educators, students and residents are encouraged to tune into a state-wide Facebook live event hosted by State Representative, Chris Welch, 7th District, this Thursday, April 13th, at 12:30pm, to learn more about the devastating consequences to education caused by the ongoing budget crisis.
“There is never a good time go to Springfield during the semester, but a crisis never picks a convenient time. We need to speak as one voice for Illinois Higher Education,” John Miller, president, University Professionals of Illinois said.” Two years without a fully funded budget for Illinois higher education has caused significant harm, Miller said. He added, “We need to join together now and speak as one voice to demand full funding for Illinois Higher Education.”.
Nationally, from 2000 to 2015, in fifteen of the largest states, Illinois lost 54 percent in per-student funding. The only state doing worse was Arizona, until Illinois stopped receiving an appropriation, according to Eastern Illinois University, Eastern Daily News.
Miller is leading a rally on Springfield on April 27 at the state Capitol building. TEACH OUT for Illinois Higher Education, a coalition working to defend higher education in Illinois, will be joined by parents, high school students, college and university students, and community partners to rally for students and institutions.
“Classes at NEIU were cancelled Tuesday and Wednesday due to furloughs necessitated by the ongoing budget crisis. Layoffs and fears of additional layoffs loom at many universities and colleges. Class sizes have increased. In some cases, classroom, lab, and research supplies have been reduced or eliminated. Even access to support staff has been cut at many universities and colleges,” Miller said. “The harm to our students and institutions will only worsen due to the budget standoff.” Miller added, “With the increasing education budget deficit our partner list continues to grow with groups such as United Working Families, Young Invincibles, State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA), Citizen Action Illinois, student organizations, and higher education labor partners, among others, all leading the way to speak out on one clear message, to fully fund Illinois higher education.”
Buses, carpools and caravans for the event are being organized from almost every public university and/or region of
the state including UPI campuses, the University of Illinois Chicago campus and the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana campus. UPI is encouraging students, parents, community supporters, and all university employees to ride the bus and join TEACH OUT at 11am, followed by a rally at 1:30pm. Those interested in attending can sign up for bus transportation from a UPI campus., UIC, and UIUC at: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/april-27-teach-out or by contacting your Chapter President.
To reserve your bus seat visit: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/april-27-teach-out or contact your Chapter President. You can learn more about the TEACH OUT for Illinois Higher Education at: https://www.facebook.com/TEACHOUTIL/