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2017 April 15 - 04:34 pm

Spending Plan Would Freeze Tuition for Two-Year, Technical Colleges

The bill passed in the Republican-controlled House by a vote of 77-53. Republicans said their bill helps students with rising educational costs through funding student debt counseling and a loan forgiveness program for agricultural, aviation and teaching jobs in rural Minnesota.
2017 April 5 - 10:07 am

Despite Squabbling, Community Colleges Get 6.7 Percent Funding Increase

Earlier this year, state budget writers settled on allocating the state’s three community colleges nearly $40 million, or a 6.7 percent funding boost for next fiscal year. Budget bills seldom change once making it out of the appropriations committee, but they still need the approval of the full House and Senate.
2017 March 13 - 02:27 pm

State Cut Higher Education Spending by $30M Last Year

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Restoring state funding for higher education is a structural way to keep college costs down for students, the head of Kansas’ governing board of education said after a community college announced plans to develop a degree costing just $15,000.
2017 February 20 - 02:45 pm

Community Colleges Cited as Better Choice than For-Profits

The Education Department issued its first round of data measuring whether graduates of 8,700 career programs earn enough money to repay their student loans. It stems from the Obama administration’s new “gainful employment” rule, which aims to weed out programs that leave students with heavy debt and light income.
2017 February 20 - 02:45 pm

UConn Rejects 20% of Community College Credits

The legislation would require officials from UConn and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education to sit down together and develop easy-to-use uniform “pathways” that would allow students to enroll in courses guaranteed to transfer among all of the state’s public schools.
2017 January 24 - 03:28 pm

Law Allows Concealed Firearms in Nearly Every College Building

A law enacted by the GOP controlled Legislature and signed by Brownback in 2013 expanded the rights of gun owners age 21 and older to carry concealed weapons into public buildings. It allowed state universities and community colleges to exempt themselves for four years.
2017 January 24 - 03:28 pm

State Aims To Produce More Graduates, Keep Them In State

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In an effort to produce workers who can either navigate a computer keyboard or wield an acetylene torch, Gov. Asa Hutchinson suggested a way for high school graduates, home-school graduates and non-traditional students to learn skills without paying a dime.
2016 October 6 - 04:41 pm

$17.8 Million at Stake as Governor, Attorney General Face Off Over Funding

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear both appeared before the state Supreme Court in the first of several likely public showdowns in coming months. At stake is $17.
2016 July 28 - 04:04 pm

Legislative Commission Has Yet To Approve Pilot Project Funding

Called Gateway to Work and slated to have begun July 1, the program would target people making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty line, give them skills training, access to transportation or help with child care and send them to employers desperately in need of qualified workers.
2016 July 27 - 04:14 pm

Second Chance Pell Grants Intended to Reduce Recidivism

For decades, the federal government has banned the use of Pell Grants funds for such rehabilitation efforts. But the Obama administration has launched the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program as a way to study whether reinstating Pell Grants for prisoners might boost their chances of finding employment.
2016 April 27 - 07:22 am

Budget Provides Free Community College for State’s High School Graduates

Both sides agreed to major concessions. House Democrats agreed to cut spending on public colleges and universities by 4.5 percent over the next two years. They also agreed colleges and universities will have to compete for a certain portion of their state funding beginning in 2017 under.
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.

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