A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reveals Arizona’s per-student rate of support for higher education dropped over 48 percent from 2008 to 2014. At the same time, tuition increased by about 80 percent. Arizona Board of Regents president Eileen Klein will discuss the situation.
For the first time in about 20 years, the Arizona Board of Regents voted to freeze undergraduate in-state tuition at ASU. Glen Nelson, the Board’s chief operating officer, explains the current tuition plans at ASU, UA and NAU.
Incoming Chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents Fred DuVal talks about his priorities which include a one-year tuition freeze and predictable levels of state funding at Arizona’s public universities.
The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging Arizona's tuition tax credit program. The high court ruled that the program involves private money going to private organizations. Opponents argued that the law involved government financing for religious activities. ASU law professor Paul Bender, who represented the challengers, discusses the ruling.
Wednesday, November 3rd, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn. Goldwater Institute attorney Clint Bolick and Chris Thomas, an attorney for the Arizona School Boards Association, explain the legal arguments in this case that challenges the constitutionality of an Arizona law that provides tax credits to taxpayers who donate money to school tuition organizations (STOs).
A legislative panel is searching for ways to stop reported abuses in Arizona’s tuition tax credit law. Meanwhile, there are those who say the law cannot be fixed because it’s unconstitutional. Hear what Institute for Justice attorney Tim Keller and AEA President John Wright have to say about the issue.
The East Valley Tribune recently completed a series about how School Tuition Organizations, which funnel money from tax credit eligible charitable contributions to students, might be violating the law. The Tribune's Ryan Gabrielson will tell us more about his reports.
Governor Jan Brewer called a special session to expand Arizona’s corporate tax credit law to benefit disabled and foster kids. Already, corporations that owe state income tax can choose to give some, or all, of that money to a school tuition organization which uses the money to help low income kids attend private and religious schools. The special session seeks to create a similar program for foster and disabled kids.
Budget cuts and tuition hikes have prompted the Arizona Board of Regents to take a closer look at the affordability of higher education. The President-elect of the Arizona Board of Regents talks about one idea to provide students with lower cost options for earning a college degree.
Proposition 300 was put on the ballot by the legislature to expand proposition 200 which was passed 2 years ago to deny government services to illegal aliens. It would ban illegal immigrants from taking adult education classes offered by the Arizona Department of Education. It would not allow illegal immigrants to pay instate tuition at colleges. It would ban illegal immigrants from getting state financial aid or child care subsidies and requires that the measure be administered, discrimination-free.
The issue of school vouchers is back in Arizona's capitol for the first time in almost a decade. The senate has okayed a bill for the senate to provide money for private school tuition. "Horizon" looks at school choice issues at the legislature.