Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2005

Higher ed thanks

March 24, 2005

To the editor:

I want to publicly thank Rep. Kenny Wilk, who voted in favor of tuition ownership and block grant funding for the six Regents universities. Without this support, the Kansas House would have forced the Regents universities to raise tuition and then transfer it for use at the K-12 level. Student tuition should not be a source of funding for the State General Fund. We are elated that Rep. Wilk chose to support these initiatives, as we believe the policies are crucial to the well-being of our state higher education system.

Kansas legislators have been charged with a very difficult responsibility in solving the budget crisis at the K-12 level. I know many have worked diligently to find a reasonable solution. Our educational system as a whole must remain strong, giving students the opportunity for a quality education at all levels. We appreciate the foresight of House members in realizing that harming the postsecondary institutions in order to help K-12 would not have been the best strategy.

Be assured that we at Fort Hays State University will do our part to continue to provide affordable education by keeping our tuition as low as possible. The support of our legislators will help make this possible.

Sincerely yours,

Edward H. Hammond

president, Fort Hays State University

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