Last year, in the face of unprecedented budget cuts, thousands of Temple students answered the call to prevent a devastating cut in our funding. Thanks to their efforts – as well as thousands of alumni, parents, faculty and administration – we managed to save some $50 million dollars from the chopping block. Your letters, phone calls, rallies and face-to-face contact with legislators truly made a difference.
Now the trumpet summons us again. Pennsylvania is once again facing a serious budget deficit for the coming year and once again, Governor Corbett pledged not to raise taxes. This means the Governor will likely target students and higher education to make up the difference. The Governor will deliver his budget address in the first week of February and we already know that Temple’s funding will be significantly affected.
Since September, Temple Student Government and the student governments of Penn State, Pitt and Lincoln universities have worked hard to ensure we would be ready for every budget possibility. No matter what, though, we will need your voices and your help to keep our tuition affordable, our education on track, and our university’s future in sight.
The first opportunity for you to make a difference will be the Rally for Higher Education on Tuesday, January 31 at the state capitol building in Harrisburg, PA. Buses will leave the student center at 9:00AM and return at 4:00PM. TSG, with help from the university, will provide buses, breakfast, lunch and permission slips for you to attend free of charge. You can register to attend the rally – and help keep Temple affordable – at www.temple.edu/government/rally.
Last year’s budget wasn’t pretty, but because of your hard work, we helped restore millions of dollars to Temple’s funding and showed our government what Pennsylvania’s students are made of. We need your help to do so again.
Please visit www.temple.edu/government/rally to register and please join us in spreading the word about the Rally for Higher Education.
See you in Harrisburg!
Temple Student Government
p.s. Download your copy of the permission slip here: Pass Permission Slip
*NOTE, it is your responsibility to meet with your professors to make up any missed assignments/quizzes/tests*