Race to the bottom in Pennsylvania

Governor guts higher education; his budget proposes spending a billion less on education.  Why is it countries like China and India keep investing more in education while in the United States, it's always on the chopping block?  From the Post-Gazette.com.

The 50 percent loss in state funding applies to the 14 state-owned universities -- including California, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana and Slippery Rock -- as well as four state-related schools: the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State, Temple and Lincoln universities.

If enacted, they likely would amount to the largest single-year cut ever in American public higher education, according to the Washington D.C.-based American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

"There have been some very large proposed cuts from governors this year, but this is so far off the charts it doesn't even seem plausible," said Daniel Hurley, the association's director of state relations and policy analysis.

He said universities that had already faced repeated state cutbacks the last decade won't be able to offset a hit this large simply by raising tuition, even though predictions of a sizable increase in-state tuition are already reverberating on campuses.

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