The fight for public education in Canada is part of a global effort to maintain education as a basic right for all. Around the world, governments are tabling “austerity” budgets containing massive cuts to post-secondary education and other public services.
In country after country, ordinary people are refusing to allow a crisis caused by the deregulation of international markets and corporate greed to threaten the public good. In many cases, students are the ones leading this struggle.
The Education is a Right campaign is the manifestation of students’ collective vision for a well-funded, high-quality, public post-secondary education system that builds a fair, and equitable society.
As part of the Education is a Right campaign, students have been meeting with Members of Parliament and Senators, collecting petitions, organising provincial campaigns and will now take to the streets on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in a national student day of action. Please join us! Visit the website for details: www.educationisaright.ca
For more information on post-secondary education in Canada, check out the compilation of research and publications below.
Access and Affordability
<li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/reappraisal-university-access-and-affordability-2009" target="_blank">Under Pressure: The impact of rising tuition fees on Ontario families</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/ontarios-low-and-middle-income-families-paying-university-involves-priority" target="_blank">Commentary: For Ontario’s low- and middle-income families, paying for university involves priority roulette </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/infographic-burden-university-education-ontario" target="_blank">Infographic: The Burden of a University Education in Ontario</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/fairness-education-single-parents-nova-scotia" target="_blank">Fairness in Education for Single Parents in Nova Scotia</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/after-freeze" target="_blank">After the Freeze: Restoring University Affordability by Rolling Back Tuition in Saskatchewan</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/fastfacts-tuition-fees" target="_blank">FastFacts: Tuition Fees--A Regressive Flat Tax</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/fairness-funding-and-our-collective-future" target="_blank">Fairness, Funding and Our Collective Future: A way forward for post-secondary education in Nova Scotia</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/june-2007-debunking-neoliberal-education-myth " target="_blank">June 2007 - Debunking A Neoliberal Education Myth: It's tuition fees that are regressive, not public funding</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/november-2007-graduates-crushed-student-debt-loads" target="_blank">November 2007 - Graduates Crushed By Student Debt Loads: An 8-point plan to tackle Canada’s student loan crisis</a></li>
Corporatization and Privatization
<li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/corporate-initiatives-campus" target="_blank">Corporate Initiatives on Campus: A 2008 Snapshot</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/cash-and-future-considerations" target="_blank">For Cash and Future Considerations: Ontario Universities and Public-Private Partnerships</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/november-2006-rethinking-canadas-higher-education-policy" target="_blank">November 2006 - Rethinking Canada's Higher Education Policy: Corporatization of universities more harmful than helpful</a></li>
Roxanne Dubois is the National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
For more about the Education is a Right Campaign, visit www.educationisaright.ca