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Wright State Students, Faculty Plan Friday Protest

Apr 6, 2017

Students and Faculty at Wright State University are set to protest the University’s financial decisions Friday during a Board of Trustees meeting.

Protesters will march from Wright State’s quad to the student union, where the Board of Trustees will meet to discuss the school’s ongoing budget crisis. Wright State is set to overspend its budget this year by 40 million dollars. The university has cut faculty, staff and programs to rectify the situation. Wright State’s interim president Curtis McCray has said more cuts are coming.

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The march was organized by the Education First Coalition, a collection of student and faculty groups dedicated to improving the University’s financial accountability.

Professor and Education First member Erik Banks says their goals for the march include preventing tuition hikes and faculty layoffs.

“And we want to make sure the people who are overspending by 40 million dollars are the people who take the cuts and not the professors and the students.”

Banks says they also want the administration to be more transparent about past financial decisions.

The march will take place Friday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The Board of Trustees meeting begins at 8 a.m.