Students to protest education cuts - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Students to protest education cuts

A screen shot from a video made by LSU students and posted to Facebook. The video is one way students are protesting recent education cuts. A screen shot from a video made by LSU students and posted to Facebook. The video is one way students are protesting recent education cuts.

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Hundreds of college students plan to rally against recent budget cuts to higher education.

Students have planned a so-called "Rally for Higher Ed" for this coming Wednesday, Nov. 10th. The rally will take place on the steps of the state capitol between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The rally comes a few days after the board of supervisors for LSU approved $21 million in school cuts.

Louisiana colleges were asked to make more than $100 million in mid-year cuts to help the state re-balance its budget.

LSU took the biggest hit, but no college was exempt.

MSU was forced to cut $431,000 from its budget. But unlike many other schools across the state, MSU officials said they would be able to sustain this latest round of cuts without getting rid of employees or courses.

"Each college campus is addressing these cuts in their own unique way," said MSU Spokeswoman Candace Townsend. "Fortunately, we do have a number of vacant positions, positions that have become vacant since the beginning of the fiscal year or July 1, so we're able to hold those and meet this particular cut."

As the head of the state government, Gov. Bobby Jindal is the main person responsible for the cuts as far as students are concerned.

But Jindal disputes claims by some that higher education has been cut by $310 million since he took office. The governor said the correct figure is more like $247 million.

However, he does acknowledge that the state's colleges will have to provide a better service with less.

"With the rest of state government, we've had to cut 26 percent," said Jindal. "Higher Ed's only been cut less than 4 ½ percent. When I've talked to leaders of campuses like McNeese, they say clearly they're going to do a better job. They're going to do more with less."

Copyright 2010 KPLC-TV.  All Rights Reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Local fraternity helping SWLA families have a good Christmas dinner

    Local fraternity helping SWLA families have a good Christmas dinner

    Saturday, December 16 2017 9:16 PM EST2017-12-17 02:16:30 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    One local fraternity made sure some families in Southwest Louisiana had a fully cooked meal to enjoy for Christmas. "We have turkeys and hams, but it's enough food in the box to feed a family of eight," said  Mark Gallashaw, president of Kappa Alpha Psi's Lake Charles Alumni Chapter. Thirty-five boxes of cooked meals are getting ready to be delivered to families across Southwest Louisiana. 

    More >>

    One local fraternity made sure some families in Southwest Louisiana had a fully cooked meal to enjoy for Christmas. "We have turkeys and hams, but it's enough food in the box to feed a family of eight," said  Mark Gallashaw, president of Kappa Alpha Psi's Lake Charles Alumni Chapter. Thirty-five boxes of cooked meals are getting ready to be delivered to families across Southwest Louisiana. 

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers and a few thunderstorms become likely this week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers and a few thunderstorms become likely this week

    Saturday, December 16 2017 6:40 PM EST2017-12-16 23:40:37 GMT
    Rain likely Sunday morningRain likely Sunday morning

    Tonight, we will have a 100% chance for rain to come through. At times there could be some thunder and lightning. The rain will begin early this evening, and will be scattered. Overnight, the rain will become more widespread. This is from an upper level disturbance that is coming through. It is the first of many disturbances.   Sunday’s rain chances remain high at 70%. All the rain from tonight will slowly wind down and will gradually come to an end before noon on Sunday.

    More >>

    Tonight, we will have a 100% chance for rain to come through. At times there could be some thunder and lightning. The rain will begin early this evening, and will be scattered. Overnight, the rain will become more widespread. This is from an upper level disturbance that is coming through. It is the first of many disturbances.   Sunday’s rain chances remain high at 70%. All the rain from tonight will slowly wind down and will gradually come to an end before noon on Sunday.

    More >>
  • LCPD: Suspect arrested after vehicle pursuit in Lake Charles

    LCPD: Suspect arrested after vehicle pursuit in Lake Charles

    Saturday, December 16 2017 5:12 PM EST2017-12-16 22:12:28 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    The Lake Charles Police Department has arrested one person after a nearly 20-minute pursuit Saturday afternoon. LCPD received a call of a person shooting a firearm from a vehicle on the 1900 block of Prejean Drive in the afternoon, said LCPD Deputy Chief Mark Kraus. Police located the vehicle near Hwy 14. A 19-minute pursuit then ensued, and ended with a suspect arrested.

    More >>

    The Lake Charles Police Department has arrested one person after a nearly 20-minute pursuit Saturday afternoon. LCPD received a call of a person shooting a firearm from a vehicle on the 1900 block of Prejean Drive in the afternoon, said LCPD Deputy Chief Mark Kraus. Police located the vehicle near Hwy 14. A 19-minute pursuit then ensued, and ended with a suspect arrested.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly