If education is the key, why is Georgia doing this?

20150310__AP-US-Obama-Republicans~p1U.S. Sen. David Perdue had harsh words for President Obama after Obama’s visit to Georgia Tech earlier this month. The president had come to highlight the importance of education and his administration’s efforts to make college more affordable, but Perdue was having none of it.

“It’s ironic that President Obama continues to say that something must be done about higher education,” Perdue, a Georgia Tech graduate, said in a release. “On his watch, college costs have skyrocketed. We can all agree that college should be more accessible, and we cannot continue to burden our children with more debt, but President Obama’s strategy won’t work.”

In his statement, Perdue went on to stress that the problem has to be resolved at the state level, not by the federal government. “Yellow Jackets know that Georgia-based problems should be fixed with Georgia-based solutions,” he said.

So let’s take up that challenge. Let’s see how decisions made at the state level here in Georgia might have influenced both the cost of higher education as well as the debt-load level that Georgia students are forced to take on in order to get a college degree:

  • Because of budget decisions made by our state Legislature, state funding of the University System of Georgia was slashed by $2,600 per college student between 2008 and 2013, according to data compiled by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. Until recently, state funding covered 75 percent of the cost of a college education; today, it covers 50 percent of that cost.
  • Consequently, in-state tuition at Georgia universities has skyrocketed. Since 2009, tuition and mandatory fees at Perdue’s alma mater of Georgia Tech have increased from $3,853 per semester to $5,697, an increase of 67 percent in a five-year period.
  • HOPE scholarships, which once paid 100 percent of tuition and helped to pay books and fees as well, have been cut significantly. Books and fees are no longer covered at all, and at Georgia Tech, HOPE now covers just 75 percent of tuition. Overall, HOPE now covers the cost of just 59 percent of tuition and fees at Georgia Tech, according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. At the University of Georgia, HOPE now covers just 62 percent of tuition and fees.
  • Thanks to those and other trends, the amount paid out of pocket in tuition and fees by Georgia college students rose by an average of 93.9 percent between 2008 and 2013, the second highest increase in the country and almost four times the national average, according to the SHEEOA report.
  • Georgia has also become a hotbed of for-profit proprietary colleges, an industry that has a long and scandalous history of charging high fees for questionable instruction and too often leaves its “graduates” to enter the workforce with diplomas with little value and a hefty college-loan debt to repay. As an AJC investigation documented in August, the state agency created to regulate such schools, the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, has done little or nothing to protect Georgians from such programs.

Add it all together, and the results cannot be surprising. Citing data released by the White House, WABE reports that Georgians struggle under the highest average student loan debt of any state in the country, at $30,433 per borrower.

Somehow, that too must be Obama’s fault.

 

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Penses
Penses

Alright, peeps. out for lunch and a walk. Hopefully, by the time I come back Jay will have written a column on what is really important: who is going to win The Voice.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@Kamchak @Tuna Meowt Shrug.  We spent more time preparing for and having the Olympics than we spent having the Civil War, but I don't see anybody agitating to have that blue sperm named Izzy added to the Georgia state flag.


Just sayin'.


straker
straker

josef - "rush to judgement"


Unfortunately, there will always be those who will gladly rush to judgement whether its about race, rape or any hate crime.


I can only conclude they WANT to believe the worst, which seems to make them good candidates for being called professional victims.


And, its nice to finally get on this blog after three hours of trying. Makes me wonder what else works well with the AJC that they want to screw up?

JamVet
JamVet

From earlier...

Paul, do you find it interesting that this soft and selfish blowhard makes a comparisons of himself to men of unspeakable sacrifice and valor?

This quasi-doctrinaire apparently thinks he and his mission are a legitimate counterpart - in any way - to the men who wrote, "We pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Or as he intimated, who stormed Omaha Beach.



Paul42
Paul42

@JamVet

I find it more sickening than interesting.  The ego is more than anything I've seen in a long time.  Combined with his raw intelligence, it reinforces my perception of a master manipulator.

BTW - down below - Penses didn't see your " first (or second) test to expound upon the gutless, slimy dolt's vast intellect:"

Not holding my breath we'll see it addressed.

Didn't you at one time have a source for a Kevlar or armored leg humper protection patch?

td1234
td1234

Ted Cruz has said, "I'm Cuban, Irish, and Italian, and yet somehow I ended up Southern Baptist.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Religious liberty SHEETZ!

josef
josef

This is one of those longer ones y’all may want to skip over.I understand why.But it’s not something that fits so easily into 25 words or less.

The other night when the story broke about the black man found hanging from a tree down in Claiburn County, Mississippi, posted by Gotalife, I took him to task for what I considered, and rightly so I still maintain, his having already decided that it was a hate crime, a lynching if you will, since, well it is Mississippi.I was a bit snarky in accusing him of all but hoping so, the lack of a coronor’s report and a complete investigation out of consideration.

The story of course went viral and international, the headlines and blurbs pretty much bearing out what I was accusing Gotalife of doing.The feds were called in to oversee the investigation.This is, after all, Mississippi and we know it’s history. It turns out on investigation that it was (probably) a suicide.

A few days later there came the report, which went viral, too, of a young gay man in Corinth, Mississippi who was beaten to a bloody pulp in what was reported to be a hate crime.It was, after all, Mississippi and we do know what straight folks are like.The feds were called in.And, yes, I made sure to put it onmy own facebook and called up the authorities insisting that the full force of the law be brought down on the add-your-own-expletive who attacked this one of “my people” for “just who he was.”

Like Gotalife,I didn’t wait for the investigation to be complete. This is what straight folks have been doing all along.Of course…

Well, even before the investigation was complete, the perpetrator of the attack came forward and gave his side.He was, it turns out by his own admission, a closeted bisexual and the “victim” had threatened to “out” him using texts and photos they had exchanged.He saw his life being viciously turned upside down and inside out.He snapped.The “good guy,” the one whose battered face went world wide, was 26.The “bad guy” was 22.Neither one with a lot of experience in actions have consequences.Neither one “innocent” by a long shot, but just who was the “victim” here not so clear anymore.

And what does this mean?In our rush to judgment, especially when there is that raw nerve at work, we can be wrong and in our reactions pretty overreactive. And I realize that, well, looking in the mirror, I’m every bit as guilty as what I was accusing Gotalife of.

Do I feel like I owe him an apology?Not really.I still stand by what I said.It’s just that I have to say the same thing about myself.

So, the next time we, as individuals and as a society, jump to conclusion and pass judgment on a “hate crime” or what have you, caution and wait til the facts and evidence are presented.

Things are not always what they look like at first glance.

Penses
Penses

@josef

"But I do suffer from chronic knee jerk!"

LOL. Have you thought about knee replacement surgery ? ;-)

gotalife
gotalife

@josef I don't do apologies so no need to apologize to me

gotalife
gotalife

@josef @gotalife When our cons start apologizing for being dead wrong all the time, I might think about it.

Penses
Penses

@josef 

Great and nicely expressed thoughts, josef. We are ALL of us prone to jump to the wrong conclusion at times and it is the wise person who recognizes this and strives to overcome that proclivity.

josef
josef

Good, Gotalife, you're here...hang on...

td1234
td1234

@josef He stepped out a minute to go and hit the bong. 

gotalife
gotalife

Put down the bottle and pick up the bong.

Kamchak
Kamchak

SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS !

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Paul42 

It's about to be a thing here in Georgia, also.

Posting SOCV is an incantation for Jay to post another thread.

Paul42
Paul42

@Kamchak

Maybe it's the magic 1,000 count.

Or, he actually has some real work occupying him.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

A little levity this morning:

"Susan Rice, our National Security Advisor, is supposed to be a bona fide expert on Africa. And the credentials she brings to her job are impressive. Former ambassador to the United Nations, graduate of Stanford, Rhodes Scholar, and author of a prize-winning dissertation at Oxford on African affairs. Yet, yesterday, she sent out 2 tweets mourning the burial “today” of the most famous Nigerians of the last 50 years. But our sharp-as-a-tack expert on Africa didn’t realize he had died two years ago."

Tee hee...

Paul42
Paul42

@Philo_Farnsworth

Help me out here.

"Supposed to be an expert on Africa" is like saying "supposed to be an expert on Europe" then drilling down to one country's famous people.  Or saying you're an 'expert' on the United States, then going on about not knowing Wyoming's famous people over the last five decades.

"mourning the burial... of the most famous Nigerians of the last 50 years"

the most famous people (plural) of the past 50 years becomes a 'he' and 'he' and 'people'  were all buried 'today'?


Penses
Penses

@Philo_Farnsworth 

"But our sharp-as-a-tack expert on Africa didn’t realize he had died two years ago."

LOL. Did he die as a result of a spontaneous uprising in reaction to an anti-Islamic video?

notagain
notagain

Perdue likes to be seen and heard.He and Corker of Tn.are the chihuahua's of the congress.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

I noticed that Perdue is also one of those dumbasses that supports the fair tax.  Exactly what degree did he earn at Georgia Tech anyway.

TBS
TBS

@td1234 @SFM_Scootter 

David Predue's website needs to be changed because it doesn't say he has an economics degree.

 At Georgia Tech, David earned a degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s in Operations Research while working warehouse and construction jobs. After graduating, he married his wife Bonnie, whom he had met in the first grade and they have been married for 42 years.

 http://www.perdue.senate.gov/content/about-david

You might want put some ointment on that burn

bwhahahahahahahah

Kamchak
Kamchak

Looks like the drinking has started early today.

Is there a law against mopping under the influence?

LeninTime
LeninTime

Right wing trash sleeping in today? 

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@LeninTime drunk trolls have hangovers mon. They don't get up early. That's why they screech 'lazy' & 'moocher' at someone else. Its a psychology thang,

Paul42
Paul42

@St_Simons_he-ne-ha

I checked in before going to bed the other night and it sure sounded like "Okay, buy me another round and I'll tell ya' what's what with THAT! (burp)"