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2016 April 27 - 07:22 am

Students Won’t Know Until June How Much Scholarship Aid They’ll Receive

Formally called the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, TOPS provides free tuition to students who meet certain academic benchmarks. The program’s price tag has mushroomed, and lawmakers are weighing several ways to tweak TOPS to lessen its cost..
2016 April 13 - 10:38 pm

Democrats, Republicans Differ on Education, Pension Funding

The money is just a small part of a budget proposal authorizing more than $65 billion in state spending over the next two years. But it represents a pair of warring campaign promises in an election year that could determine who controls the last legislative chamber in the South still run by Democrats.
2016 April 13 - 10:38 pm

Technical College Would Benefit from Measures

The four bills increase grants for technical college students; create grants to help two-year students deal with financial emergencies; require the Department of Workforce Development to coordinate internships with colleges and employers; and require colleges to provide students with annual information about their debt levels.
2016 April 10 - 05:06 pm

25 Percent of State Allocation Would Be Based on Performance Metrics

Senate Republicans outlined a proposal that would pit the two schools against each other in a competition of various education standards. At stake is 25 percent of each school’s budget allocation. The winner gets the full amount. The loser gets less..
2016 March 22 - 01:20 pm

Plan Sets Legislature on Collision with Budget-Cutting GOP Governor

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Democratic majority in Kentucky’s House of Representatives wants to offer free community college tuition to all of the state’s high school graduates, signaling a likely confrontation with new Republican Gov. Matt Bevin over state spending.
2016 March 22 - 01:20 pm

Community College Leaders Wants to Create Separate Oversight Board

By AP
Regents are discussing expanding University of Nevada Reno and University of Nevada Las Vegas police to community colleges and creating a one-stop registration system for students. Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich says these are cost-saving measures amid shrinking state funding.
2016 March 22 - 01:20 pm

Democrat Backs Free Community College. More Pre-K and Improved Teacher Pay

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attorney General Roy Cooper rolled out a public education agenda for his governor’s race, vowing if elected to seek to raise teacher salaries to at least the national average, boost pre-kindergarten funding and help ease student loan debt burdens.
2016 March 22 - 01:20 pm

Consolidation Plan Estimated To Save More Than $470,000 a Year

By AP
The plan drew some controversy at public discussions over the last year. However, the idea has been talked about for 15 years. But higher education administrators had expressed concern the plan could spur cuts of police departments on other campus in southern Nevada.
2016 March 15 - 11:17 am

Opposition from College Presidents Fails To Sway Bevin on Massive Cuts

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The president of Kentucky’s community and technical college system says Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget cuts would likely fall on the backs of its poor, mostly part time students by forcing the system to request a tuition increase of more than 8 percent.
2016 March 15 - 11:17 am

Democrats Claim Walker’s Package Does Little To Help Students

The bills include plans to lift the cap on tax-deductible student loan interest; boost grants for technical college and two-year students at University of Wisconsin Colleges to help them deal with emergencies; create internship coordinators; and require colleges to update students annually on how much debt they’ve accumulated.
2016 February 29 - 10:39 am

Lawmakers Wrestling with Projected $500M Budget Shortfall

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The leaders of Connecticut’s public colleges and universities asked lawmakers to spare their schools major budget cuts, warning that more reductions could mean the elimination of academic and athletic programs and even shuttering some campuses.
2016 February 19 - 10:55 pm

Bevin Backs Performance Funding To Curtail Humanities, Boost Engineering

Bevin’s philosophy is more concerned with the degrees rather than student loan debt, which has been a major issue in the presidential race. Bevin’s budget proposal includes moving Kentucky to a performance-based plan, where colleges and universities would get state tax dollars based on criteria such as graduation rates of certain degree programs.
2016 February 19 - 10:55 pm

Wis. Governor Asks Educators To Steer Students Toward Technical Careers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker asked Wisconsin’s education leaders at their annual convention to help change the mindset of those who influence the career paths of young students to include the fact that there are plenty of jobs that don’t require a four-year college degree.
2016 February 19 - 10:55 pm

Tennessee Gov. Wants Board of Regents To Focus on Two-Year Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam released his administration’s 42-bill agenda for this year’s legislative session that includes an effort to restructure higher education governance that led to the early retirement of the chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents schools.
2016 February 19 - 10:55 pm

Higher Education To Bear Brunt of Huge Budget Shortfall

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s public colleges have been asked to prepare for cuts totaling as much as $131 million across campuses in the next five months, in case lawmakers and the governor don’t agree on ways to raise revenue to close a deep budget gap.
2016 February 5 - 01:34 pm

Morgan Calls Plan To Focus on Two-year Colleges ‘Unworkable

The governor’s plan calls for creating local boards for Austin Peay in Clarksville; East Tennessee in Johnson City; Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro; Tennessee Tech in Cookeville; Tennessee State in Nashville; and the University of Memphis. Those boards would control budgets, tuition and the selection of college presidents.
2016 February 5 - 01:34 pm

Wis. Governor Wants To Boost Aid at State Technical Colleges

Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker announced a series of legislative proposals aimed at making college more affordable, unveiling plans that include removing the cap on taxdeductible student loan interest, increasing need-based assistance programs at technical colleges and bringing on more internship coordinators across the state.
2015 November 17 - 03:41 pm

Officials Look To Streamline, Expand Skills Training Programs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s system for teaching career and technical training could be on the brink of a major overhaul thanks in part to a new report, but officials say it’s too early to tell how much the potential changes could cost and who should pay for them.
2015 November 4 - 02:50 pm

After Earlier Slashing Safety Spending, Pence Reverses Course After Deadly Umpqua Shootings

Citing the recent deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon, the Republican governor said in a statement that he would make an additional $3.5 million in safety grants available through the Secured School Safety Grant Program, increasing the total funding available this year to $9 million.

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