Surrounded by a who’s who of North Carolina business and education leaders, Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue took the high road in opposition to proposed education cuts from the new Republican Legislature she says are so deep they’ll choke the state’s economic engine.
The Florida Legislature is poised to cut the popular Bright Futures scholarship program, meaning thousands of college students and their parents will be paying higher costs and less affluent families may have to take out loans, seek other financial aid, get jobs or maybe even go on a low-cost diet.
The state unveiled plans on for stepped-up support of the 60 vocational and technical schools in Massachusetts, including the creation of a new senior-level position within the Department of Education focused on vocational programs.
Arkansas lawmakers have split over whether they or the state Higher Education Department should set the amounts for lottery-funded scholarships, a disagreement that could determine whether current scholarship recipients are awarded the same amounts next fall.
With uncertainty looming over negotiations to close California’s huge budget deficit, a coalition of teachers, parents and public school employees descended on the capital to lobby lawmakers to approve Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan and let voters decide if tax increases should be extended
Education officials are worried that tougher times lay ahead because Alabama’s new governor is asking how their schools and colleges would be hit by a 3 percent budget cut this year and an additional 10 percent drop in funding next year.
Gov. Bobby Jindal said that he’ll ask lawmakers to again boost college tuition and fee costs for students and to give schools more freedom from regulations governing purchasing and construction projects.
While their counterparts in the public school system have found plenty to complain about in Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget proposals, officials in the higher education system are feeling relatively lucky.
Virginia’s public colleges and universities will be eligible to apply for $50 million to enhance enrollment and retention, increase the number of students pursuing science and health care fields and boost undergraduate financial aid.