Lawmakers Debate Cuts To Remedial Courses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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.

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