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Kansas panel mulls cutting remedial course funds

February 28, 2012

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— A Kansas House committee is considering legislation that would eliminate state funding for remedial courses at state universities and community colleges.

Testimony on the bill is scheduled Wednesday before the House Appropriations Committee.

The measure would prohibit Board of Regents colleges and universities from using state funds to teach language arts or math courses designed to give students basic skills before they take formal college courses.

Universities and community colleges could still offer such courses, but funding would have to come from private or endowment sources.

The bill would also reduce to 5 percent from the current 10 percent the proportion of each freshman class at state institutions that could be exempted from entrance standards.

Comments

handley 4 years, 6 months ago

Another case of only the rich being able to go to college.

oldbaldguy 4 years, 6 months ago

it is a sad commentary on secondary education. my grandfather completed the 8th grade in 1917, but he could speak eloquently, good with numbers and knew his history up until the day he died in 1992.

Paul R Getto 4 years, 6 months ago

Good point, but only 5-10% made it that far 'back in the day.'

Paul R Getto 4 years, 6 months ago

Well, KU and other Regents' schools are in good company. It's no secret. Universities do this because some kids need more help and they want the (gasp!) money from the students' parents. ======= A recent survey of 3,000 Ivy League students found that many did not know enough to pass the exam for U. S. citizenship. Now over a third of today's college freshmen require remediation, even at prestigious Ivy-League universities, all of whom now maintain remedial centers for writing and mathematics, and in some cases for reading. http://mtprof.msun.edu/Win1998/hirsch.html

situveux1 4 years, 6 months ago

This is an excellent idea. Taxpayers have already paid for these courses once... it's called high school. I'd make a deal with the universities... we'll continue to pay for these remedial courses but the payment has to come from the school district the kid went to. I wonder how K-12 would react to that?

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