McNeese students protest education cuts at capitol

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Students from McNeese State University were among the more than 500 students and faculty protesting higher education cuts on the steps of the state capitol on Wednesday.

Students and faculty from all over the state of Louisiana began marching to the state capitol around 11:30 a.m. holding signs in protest of the Jindal administration's attempt to cut back on higher education funding.

Governor Jindal recently told campuses to prepare for state funding cuts of up to 35 percent. Officials with McNeese State University said they will be forced to cut $431,000 from the budget.

MSU students are fearful that the cost of tuition will increase as a result of the budget cuts.

"I am certain my tuition is going to increase," said Jessica Breaux, a junior at McNeese. "It only makes it harder for us to graduate when you go up on price and give us less and less to work with."

Students also fear that the quality of higher education will suffer if professors and staff lose their jobs as a result of the cuts.

"You can't expect to give teachers less and less to work with and for them to produce more," said Breaux. "We have to fund these things if they want to see good results."

Governor Jindal was not at the capitol at the time of the rally. The governor was in north Louisiana on his "Building a Better Louisiana for Our Children" tour.

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