Friday, March 13, 2015

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Cuts to Education Have Already Precipitated Tuition Hikes

Pima College To Hike Tuition Rates 7% for in State students.
The college is losing about $7 million in state aid in the coming school year under the state’s new budget plan, said Sylvia Lee, president of the Governing Board. “We knew there would be a cut, but we didn’t think it would go to zero overnight,” Lee said. The college received about $7.7 million in state aid this academic year.
The increase in tuition would bring in about $3 million to the college, and in June the Governing Board is looking at increasing the property tax levy by 2 percent. The increase would bring in about $4 million, said Lee, explaining both increases will offset the state cut.
PCC’s Governing Board on Wednesday approved an increase to $75.50 from $70.50 per credit-hour for the 2015-16 school year. That is a 7 percent increase.
The board voted to raise nonresident tuition by $23 a credit hour from $329 to $352.
The changes go into effect starting with the academic year that begins July 1. Read More HERE

 Governor Ducey before he makes any more cuts to education need to become familiar with Arizona Constitution. Read below

Article 11, Section 6 of the Arizona Constitution...
6. Admission of students of both sexes to state educational institutions; tuition; common school system

Section 6. The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible. The legislature shall provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be established and maintained in every school district for at least six months in each year, which school shall be open to all pupils between the ages of six and twenty-one years.