CC Week - Politics and Policy http://ccweek.com/articles.sec-39-1-politics-and-policy.html Sun, 28 May 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Texas Funding Overhaul Could Cause Collateral Damage - Initiatives To Help Poor Students Get Through College Could Lose Funding http://ccweek.com/article-5623-texas-funding-overhaul-could-cause-collateral-damage.html Texas Funding Overhaul Could Cause Collateral Damage - Initiatives To Help Poor Students Get Through College Could Lose Funding
Next year, that kind of help could end, though not because lawmakers are unhappy with the program. If the Senate gets its way in ongoing state budget negotiations, the Legislature would overhaul the way it pays for higher education in Texas — and funding for the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education Grant Program could disappear....]]>
Nebraska’s Millennial Senators Try To Bridge Partisan Divide - Keeping College Graduates in State is Among Goals of New Generation of Lawmakers http://ccweek.com/article-5592-nebraska%25E2%2580%2599s-millennial-senators-try-to-bridge-partisan-divide.html Nebraska’s Millennial Senators Try To Bridge Partisan Divide - Keeping College Graduates in State is Among Goals of New Generation of Lawmakers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — When Nebraska’s youngest legislators formed a bipartisan coalition focused on building an economy that would keep college graduates from leaving the state, they figured their shared experiences as millennials would be stronger than the party differences that divide them....]]>
Iowa Colleges Battle Over Scholarship Money http://ccweek.com/article-5598-iowa-colleges-battle-over-scholarship-money.html Iowa Colleges Battle Over Scholarship Money
which has for decades been limited to low-income students at private colleges. The campaign drew immediate criticism from the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, which said the public university is already heavily subsidized by......]]>
Oregon Plan To Dismantle Vocational Funding Stalls - Legislature Struggles To Fund Voter-Approved Mandate http://ccweek.com/article-5600-oregon-plan-to-dismantle-vocational-funding-stalls.html Oregon Plan To Dismantle Vocational Funding Stalls - Legislature Struggles To Fund Voter-Approved Mandate
Debates are heating up over Oregon’s looming $1.6 billionbudget deficit as the second half of the 2017 legislative session begins, and the $300 million high school spending requirement set forth in Measure 98 is among the many areas still on the table for cuts....]]>
Tenn. Colleges at Center of Campaign Dispute - State Law Limits Use of Public Facilities for Political Events http://ccweek.com/article-5549-tenn-colleges-at-center-of-campaign-dispute.html Tenn. Colleges at Center of Campaign Dispute - State Law Limits Use of Public Facilities for Political Events
Boyd was a key adviser in the creation of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program to cover full tuition at two-year schools. The Knoxville businessman and philanthropist said in Nashville this week that “a lot of my life’s work has been helping kids get into these technical colleges....]]>
NY Makes College Tuition Free for Middle Class - Initiative Is Part of $153 Billion State Spending Package http://ccweek.com/article-5555-ny-makes-college-tuition-free-for-middle-class.html NY Makes College Tuition Free for Middle Class - Initiative Is Part of $153 Billion State Spending Package
The plan crafted by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will apply to any New York student whose family has an annual income of $125,000 or less. To qualify the student would have to meet certain class load and grade point average restrictions, and room and board would not be covered....]]>
Minnesota House Advances $3.2 Billion Higher Ed Plan - Spending Plan Would Freeze Tuition for Two-Year, Technical Colleges http://ccweek.com/article-5560-minnesota-house-advances-%252432-billion-higher-ed-plan.html Minnesota House Advances $3.2 Billion Higher Ed Plan - 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....]]>
Idaho House OKs College Funding Amid Division - Despite Squabbling, Community Colleges Get 6.7 Percent Funding Increase http://ccweek.com/article-5544-idaho-house-oks-college-funding-amid-division.html Idaho House OKs College Funding Amid Division - 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....]]>
Kan. Education Chief Presses for Restored Funding - State Cut Higher Education Spending by $30M Last Year http://ccweek.com/article-5523-kan-education-chief-presses-for-restored-funding.html Kan. Education Chief Presses for Restored Funding - 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....]]>
Kansas Colleges Want To Attract More In-State Students - Improving Economy Leads to Declining Enrollments http://ccweek.com/article-5524-kansas-colleges-want-to-attract-more-in-state-students.html Kansas Colleges Want To Attract More In-State Students - Improving Economy Leads to Declining Enrollments
Richardson said Regents staff will report back to the board on the task force, which will focus on boosting enrollment among first-generation students....]]>
New Bill Would Extend Calif. Baccalaureate Pilot Program - Proposal Aims To Remove Sunset Provisions Now in Program http://ccweek.com/article-5526-new-bill-would-extend-calif-baccalaureate-pilot-program.html New Bill Would Extend Calif. Baccalaureate Pilot Program - Proposal Aims To Remove Sunset Provisions Now in Program
Senate Bill 769 would expand California’s community college baccalaureate pilot program from 15 to 30 programs and remove the current sunset, scheduled for 2023. State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), introduced the bill to address the state’s workforce needs....]]>
Feds: More Than 800 Career Programs Failing Their Grads - Community Colleges Cited as Better Choice than For-Profits http://ccweek.com/article-5488-feds-more-than-800-career-programs-failing-their-grads.html Feds: More Than 800 Career Programs Failing Their Grads - 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....]]>
Arizona Lawmaker Seeks To Punish Immigrant-Friendly State Colleges - Colleges Granting In-State Tuition To Some Immigrants Would Lose 10% of Funding http://ccweek.com/article-5496-arizona-lawmaker-seeks-to-punish-immigrant-friendly-state-colleges.html Arizona Lawmaker Seeks To Punish Immigrant-Friendly State Colleges - Colleges Granting In-State Tuition To Some Immigrants Would Lose 10% of Funding
Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff said his legislation, House Bill 2119, was prompted by decisions by community colleges and the state university system to offer lower in-state tuition to immigrants granted deferred deportation under an Obama Administration policy....]]>
Bill Designed To Ensure Transfer of College Credit - UConn Rejects 20% of Community College Credits http://ccweek.com/article-5503-bill-designed-to-ensure-transfer-of-college-credit.html Bill Designed To Ensure Transfer of College Credit - 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....]]>
Kan. Gov. Reiterates Support for Campus Carry - Law Allows Concealed Firearms in Nearly Every College Building http://ccweek.com/article-5463-kan-gov-reiterates-support-for-campus-carry.html Kan. Gov. Reiterates Support for Campus Carry - 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....]]>
Ark. Gov. Plans Grants for High-Demand Job Training - State Aims To Produce More Graduates, Keep Them In State http://ccweek.com/article-5464-ark-gov-plans-grants-for-high-demand-job-training.html Ark. Gov. Plans Grants for High-Demand Job Training - 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....]]>
NH Budget Wish List Includes Tuition Freeze http://ccweek.com/article-5442-nh-budget-wish-list-includes-tuition-freeze.html NH Budget Wish List Includes Tuition Freeze
Budget writers heard agency requests as the process of writing the state spending document begins. Republican Gov.- elect Chris Sununu takes office in January and must hand a budget proposal to lawmakers by February. The new budget takes effect July 1....]]>
Bevin, Beshear Argue Ky. College Cuts Before Justices - $17.8 Million at Stake as Governor, Attorney General Face Off Over Funding http://ccweek.com/article-5344-bevin-beshear-argue-ky-college-cuts-before-justices.html Bevin, Beshear Argue Ky. College Cuts Before Justices - $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....]]>
NH Job Training Initiative Faces Delays - Legislative Commission Has Yet To Approve Pilot Project Funding http://ccweek.com/article-5245-nh-job-training-initiative-faces-delays.html NH Job Training Initiative Faces Delays - 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....]]>
Feds To Fund College Courses for Inmates - Second Chance Pell Grants Intended to Reduce Recidivism http://ccweek.com/article-5233-feds-to-fund-college-courses-for-inmates.html Feds To Fund College Courses for Inmates - 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....]]>
South Carolina Official Calls for Improvements to adult Education http://ccweek.com/article-5211-south-carolina-official-calls-for-improvements-to-adult-education.html South Carolina Official Calls for Improvements to adult Education
Just 40 percent of South Carolina’s working-age adults — those 25 to 64 years old — have an industry certification or degree beyond high school, ranking the state 40th nationwide. Twelve percent lack even a high school diploma, according to a report released last month by the Lumina Foundation....]]>
Children’s Savings Account Programs Spread in New England - Governments Give Newborns Seed Money To Spend on College http://ccweek.com/article-5176-children%25E2%2580%2599s-savings-account-programs-spread-in-new-england.html Children’s Savings Account Programs Spread in New England - Governments Give Newborns Seed Money To Spend on College
N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is considering a new program to help children save money for college, but the proposal lags years behind other nearby states in timing and target population....]]>
Texas High School Students Losing College Credits - Many Dual Enrollment Courses Count Only as Electives at Universities http://ccweek.com/article-5181-texas-high-school-students-losing-college-credits.html Texas High School Students Losing College Credits - Many Dual Enrollment Courses Count Only as Electives at Universities
State law requires all public Texas universities to accept dualcredit courses — college classes that high school students typically take from a nearby community college....]]>
Ky. Lawmakers Break Deadlock, Reach Accord on Spending Plan - Budget Provides Free Community College for State’s High School Graduates http://ccweek.com/article-5160-ky-lawmakers-break-deadlock-reach-accord-on-spending-plan.html Ky. Lawmakers Break Deadlock, Reach Accord on Spending Plan - 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....]]>
La. Students Face Uncertainty About TOPS Money - Students Won’t Know Until June How Much Scholarship Aid They’ll Receive http://ccweek.com/article-5161-la-students-face-uncertainty-about-tops-money.html La. Students Face Uncertainty About TOPS Money - 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.....]]>
Ky. Lawmakers Struggle Over Spending Priorities - Democrats, Republicans Differ on Education, Pension Funding http://ccweek.com/article-5130-ky-lawmakers-struggle-over-spending-priorities.html Ky. Lawmakers Struggle Over Spending Priorities - 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....]]>
Wis. Gov. Signs College Affordability Bills - Technical College Would Benefit from Measures http://ccweek.com/article-5131-wis-gov-signs-college-affordability-bills.html Wis. Gov. Signs College Affordability Bills - 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....]]>
Kansas’ GOP Governor Inks Bill Protecting Faith Groups on Campus - Foes Claim Measure Will Legalize Religious Discrimination http://ccweek.com/article-5108-kansas%25E2%2580%2599-gop-governor-inks-bill-protecting-faith-groups-on-campus.html Kansas’ GOP Governor Inks Bill Protecting Faith Groups on Campus - Foes Claim Measure Will Legalize Religious Discrimination
The Republican-dominated Legislature approved the legislation earlier this month, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled nearly six years ago that universities can require membership in such groups to be open to all....]]>
Proposal Calls for Ky. Colleges To Compete for State Funding - 25 Percent of State Allocation Would Be Based on Performance Metrics http://ccweek.com/article-5122-proposal-calls-for-ky-colleges-to-compete-for-state-funding.html Proposal Calls for Ky. Colleges To Compete for State Funding - 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.....]]>
Ky. Democrats Propose Free Community College Tuition - Plan Sets Legislature on Collision with Budget-Cutting GOP Governor http://ccweek.com/article-5085-ky-democrats-propose-free-community-college-tuition.html Ky. Democrats Propose Free Community College Tuition - 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....]]>