Six days before Christmas, state Sen. Dan Patrick decamped from the Capitol to a nearby Roman Catholic school. The start of the legislative session was still two-plus weeks away, but the tea party Republican wanted to be in a classroom as he declared he was ready to lead the largest public education overhaul Texas had seen in decades.
Illinois’ state universities and community colleges have agreed to gradually start picking up their own retirement costs under a preliminary deal that emerged at a public hearing, a step forward on a concept that’s been debated by lawmakers for more than a year.
High-tech businesses from other states and abroad that move to college campuses or nearby in New York would operate completely tax-free for 10 years under a proposal released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including no income tax for entrepreneurs and workers.
Members of a joint legislative panel formally adopted a new funding formula for Nevada’s universities and community colleges, a change that shifts more general fund support to campuses in southern Nevada.
The Texas Senate unanimously approved its version of a major high school curriculum overhaul, reducing the number of standardized tests students must pass to graduate from a nation-leading 15 to five while allowing some to earn diplomas without taking upper-level math courses such as Algebra II.
Many adjunct instructors at Virginia’s 23 community colleges will see their hours cut starting this summer thanks to Virginia’s response to the new federal health reform law, a change that could cripple or kill livelihoods teachers like Ann Hubbard worked hard to build.
President Barack Obama’s decision last year to allow young people living in the U.S. illegally to stay and work marked the biggest shift in immigration policy in decades, hailed as a landmark step toward the American dream for a generation of immigrants.
The cheers of immigrant students echoed through the Colorado Capitol after the House passed a bill allowing students who entered the U.S. illegally to pay lower college tuition, a measure that will soon become law.
Democratic lawmakers said they’re going to focus during the legislative session on developing workforce skills, strengthening schools, lowering health care and energy costs and investing in research and infrastructure. Republicans questioned how the Democrats could afford to pay for the programs without higher taxes.
Gov. Rick Scott’s higher education task force tentatively agreed to recommend holding the line on tuition for certain “two-plus-two” students who start at community colleges and then complete their degrees at universities.
Maryland became the first state in the nation to decide by popular vote that illegal immigrants can be eligible for in-state college tuition, if students have attended a high school in the state for three years and if they or their parents have paid state income taxes during that time, along with other requirements
Colleges and universities are banking on a statewide advertising campaign to help avoid a repeat of two years when New Mexico voters rejected a property tax-backed statewide bond proposal to finance renovation and construction projects for higher education.
California’s move to tighten eligibility requirements for its Cal Grant program will eliminate or reduce awards to 14,500 students, most of them enrolled in for-profit colleges such as the University of Phoenix, the California Student Aid Commission announced.