Covering Louisiana

Nov 10, 2010 1:58 PM by Kate Mundy

Students Rally Against Higher Ed Cuts

Hundreds rallied on the Louisiana Capitol steps today against higher education cuts.

The rally was organized by students and faculty from the University of New Orleans. It attracted interest from students and university staff around the state. Students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette were at the rally, as well as a contingent from LSUE.

KATC's Mike Magnoli was there. He'll have a full report tonight on KATC TV-3 at 5 and 6.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - About 500 college students and faculty rallied at the state Capitol against higher education budget cuts.

Much of the anger Wednesday was directed at Gov. Bobby Jindal, who protesters say is misleading Louisiana residents by suggesting the cuts aren't harmful and instead could be directed to administrative overhead and waste.

Chants included, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Bobby Jindal's got to go!"

The protesters complained that Jindal was away from Louisiana too often and wasn't showing leadership in planning for an upcoming $1.5 billion state budget shortfall. The governor has told campuses to prepare for state funding cuts of up to 35 percent.

Jindal was in north Louisiana for his "Building a Better Louisiana for Our Children" tour.

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