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Tag: Higher education


Dream Act supporters’ last ditch effort likely derailed

Dream Act supporters who hoped to make a showing at Tuesday’s Senate Higher Education committee hearing are bound to be discouraged. Shortly after word of their rally got out, Tuesday’s committee hearing was cancelled.

The hearing’s cancellation means the proposal, formally known as House Bill 1817, has virtually no chance of getting a vote. Lawmakers face an Apr. 3 cutoff that requires all policy committees to complete their work. And while there’s no proof that the hearing’s cancellation has anything to do with the planned protest, it does mean that without any additional Higher Education

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Washington State Dream Act: one student’s perspective

Some college students qualify for the State Need Grant. Eastern Washington University junior Francisco Navarro isn’t one of them. He’s an illegal immigrant.

Navarro testified in front of the Senate Higher Education Committee Thursday. He came to speak in support of the Washington State Dream Act. The proposal, formally known as House Bill 1817, would allow some illegal immigrants to qualify for the college State Need Grant. In order to apply for the grant, the student would need to have a special immigration status provided under a 2012 Obama plan.

Navarro said he’s lucky. He said

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Bill would give UW more control over tuition hikes

It wasn’t the best news for students, but when lawmakers allowed University of Washington Regents to raise tuition by 14 percent last year, it helped offset some of the staggering cuts imposed on the university by the state budget.

While school officials have been publicly advocating for greater tuition-setting flexibility, especially in the wake of those cuts, they’re not sure a billprefiled earlier this week by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, which would grant UW Regents tuition-setting authority, is the right fix.

“As long as I’ve known Ken, he’s introduced a similar bill every year and we’ve always been supportive of the concept,”

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