thenation.com — This is not the essay that I had originally wanted to write. I had planned a piece about the ways that students overcome adversity in pursuit of their education. Unfortunately, I can no longer write anything quite so optimistic. Yesterday, I was informed that my academic funding has been cut, and it is now uncertain whether I will still be able to attend Rutgers University in the autumn. The regrettable thing is that my own academic uncertainty has become the norm in the Garden State, as a newly elected Republican governor goes about undoing decades worth of educational growth, possibly dooming an entire generation of bright, hardworking New Jersey students in the process. That may seem hyperbolic, but it's not. There is no such thing as "just politics" when it comes to education, and there is no such thing as compromise. What Governor Christie has done by cutting aid programs and education funding amounts to a declaration of war against the American Dream and to a betrayal of our state's—and, by extension, our nation's—future.
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