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.
Potential spending cuts to close a $3 billion-plus budget gap next year could mean layoffs for thousands of college faculty and public school teachers, increases in class sizes and reductions in the number of courses offered, North Carolina education administrators have told lawmakers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal sat down with college leaders to discuss next year’s budget shortfall, after receiving criticism he’s spent too much time traveling and promoting his book and not enough on the state’s financial troubles.
When state officials ordered public colleges and universities in May to prepare budgets that are 10 percent leaner for the upcoming two-year spending cycle, on top of 5 percent reductions already imposed, higher education leaders hoped that would be a worst-case scenario.
West Virginia’s higher education officials can’t determine how much a college education should cost or identify steps to ensure that obtaining a degree is an affordable option for state residents, according to a legislative audit.
In the high-pressure world of educational fundraising, tiny Delaware Valley College has seemingly hit the lottery: A local philanthropic group is giving the school an estimated $30 million in property and cash.