Instructors face budget realities

With every week that passes it seems like the California economy takes one step forward, and several back. Not only are the prices of classes going up, but so are the prices of gas, making summer plans disappear as people pinch pennies.

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By Staff Editorial

By Staff Editorial

With every week that passes it seems like the California economy takes one step forward, and several back. Not only are the prices of classes going up, but so are the prices of gas, making summer plans disappear as people pinch pennies.

As the price of everything rises, students are the ones taking the hit as times worsen throughout the semester.

However, students are not the only ones being pained by the looming budget crisis, but faculty as well.

Professors, teachers, and so many more are just as much in danger as the students are, and in some cases, worse.

While students have to worry about whether or not they’ll get into an English class, or hope that Anatomy won’t fill up, or worse, find out the course they need was cut or won’t be offered, instructors have a bit more on their mind.

Since the dive bomb the economy took, classes at Riverside City College are dropping left and right.

For instructors, the thought of losing their job stays in the back of their minds as students complain about the lack of classes.

As students nag, whine and complain about how they cannot get into the courses they need, instructors are much more concerned about the well being of their jobs.

What many students do not realize is that many professors and instructors are worried over their employment status on campus.

The lack of classes for students to take in turn means lack of classes for instructors to hold.

Enter the California Teachers Association. The CTA, founded in 1863, is one of the strongest advocates for educators, not only within California, but for the country.

The association not only welcomes teachers, but community college and state university faculty as well. Not to mention the maintenance staff, custodians, bus drivers and office workers who fall under the hands of the CTA.

But with the busy and fast paced life that college students live, a small question is asked out in the distance. Why should anyone care? How does this benefit students?

The answer is simple, students should all care. Students are greatly influenced by the instructors on campus, and in some cases off campus.

The educators that make up the driving force behind the college system have a significant role to play when it comes to education itself, and the future of students.

In order to help make things better, for teachers and students alike, there needs to be solidarity.

Students and instructors need to work together to make a change, to outlast the budget crisis and secure a better tomorrow for all.

This is where the Student CTA plays a major role.

From RCC alone, three of the students on campus hold executive positions with the group, taking initiative to make an impact in education.

Due to the economic downfall California is experiencing, trying to face any sort of budgetary issue alone is a daunting task.

The best way to make a change is to work together, this means students working with instructors, and instructors working with students.

Until things start looking up, not only will the students continue to face difficulties trying to get into classes, and finding the right classes, but instructors as well will feel the blow of the poor economy.

The Student CTA works in collaboration with the CTA, and is a prime example of how students and educators can accomplish much when teamwork is applied.

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