Public universities in many states are scrambling to cover rising costs even as state commitment to cover them tapers off.
Colorado is currently facing steep budget cuts, with $20 million likely to be slashed from higher education, according to The Rocky Mountain Collegian.
Kentucky universities, meanwhile, are seeking to restore cuts in the face of pressure from Medicaid expansion and underfunded pensions. Higher ed has been slashed there for seven of the last eight years, WKU Public Radio reports.
The same is true in Oklahoma. “We are making plans today — and we have the past two months — to be prepared to deal with what will be a very significant budget deficit,” Oklahoma Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson told The Oklahoman last week.
The same story could be told of state higher ed spending in almost every state: budgets under pressure, while costs and tuition climb. Given these realities, are public universities making the systemic changes needed to regain fiscal balance?
“They haven’t,” writes Steven Pearlstein, a Washington Post columnist and a professor of public affairs at George Mason University. “Oh, yes, pay and hiring have been frozen, travel budgets cut, secretaries eliminated and class sizes increased, even as cheaper graduate students and adjunct
New public policy recommendations by the Utah Citizens’ Counsel starts and ends with human rights, a member of the counsel and longtime member of the Utah State Board of Regents said Thursday.
“It is our belief that the strength of the Utah society depends upon fundamental fairness and equal opportunity for all of those in our increasingly diverse society and state,” said Aileen Clyde, who is also a former counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Clyde noted that the group’s 2015 Assessment of Public Policy Progress in Utah contains commendations but also recommendations to further the state’s progress in seven key areas: health, public education, environment, interpersonal violence, poverty, participatory government and immigration.
“We believe that meeting the challenges that face us in Utah requires joint action by governments, nonprofits, religious groups, families and individuals. While valuing our tradition of self-reliance, we must work together to solve intractable problems,” she said.
One of the group’s recommendations is that the Utah attorney general should withdraw from the states’ lawsuit that has prevented President Barack Obama’s executive orders on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans from taking effect.
“UCC believes that the argument against the president’s action
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References to the movie “A Christmas Story” aren’t uncommon this time of year, but a North Carolina teacher’s method of reprimanding one student has people mainly mentioning a scene in the film documenting an old-school form of punishment.
That’s “washing kids’ mouths out” with soap, traditionally done to deter them from deploying “dirty” language, Maureen Hoff wrote for Hello Giggles.
Wiley Elementary kindergarten teacher Tiffani Staton resigned from her post Wednesday after reports she washed a student’s mouth out with soap prompted an investigation, according to the Associated Press. The student’s parent complained to the school, which is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
WFMY News 2 reported Staton faces no charges from the incident but that some parents of the school’s students are in “disbelief.”
“When you take your child to school, you trust they are in the best of care,” mom Setaria James told News 2. “You don’t want anything done to them that you won’t do. I would say some type of punishment would be appropriate, of course. But I don’t know what type.”
Opponents of the practice also point to cases of people receiving scrutiny for resorting to the same punishment with kids recently, according to Hello Giggles.
The Telegraph detailed one such