Cal State’s decision

California’s budget crisis is having a devastating effect on every level of public education. Opportunities for young people to study are increasingly being cut. The consequences of the current deficit will translate into a less promising future for our state.

A case in point is the new policy the California State University (CSU) system just announced. Under this policy, with a few exceptions, the system won’t accept new students for the spring 2013 semester. This means that almost 16,000 students, who normally wait to transfer from a community college, will be unable to attend one of CSU’s 23 campuses.

What will destiny hold for these students, who are usually minorities or low-income students?

No one knows. What is for sure is that cutting, or in the best of cases postponing their education, is unacceptable. And if in November, voters do not approve a ballot initiative to raise taxes, university officials have warned that between 20,000 and 25,000 students could be impacted in the 2013–14 school year.

This is a terrible possibility. However, it is just as bad as reducing the school calendar and cutting available course subjects in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s K–12 schools.

Education is not the only area that has been impacted by the crisis. The human services system is also being decimated, but this has not attracted as much attention as education.

The state’s budget crisis has brought California’s priorities to the forefront. As far as we can see, there is nothing pleasant about them.