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Kan. Regents seek support for higher college rate

Published on -12/23/2013, 11:08 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Members of the Kansas Board of Regents plan to ask lawmakers to support the Regents' long-range plan to increase the number of Kansans with education beyond high school.

Regent Vice Chairman Kenny Wilk told The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1c28Cs5 ) that he plans to put together a resolution for the Legislature to consider when the 2014 legislative session starts in January. Wilk said the resolution would focus on the board's Foresight 2020 plan, which aims to increase from 50 percent to 60 percent the proportion of Kansans who have a post-secondary certificate or credential or an associate's or bachelor's degree by 2020.

Regent Ed McKechnie said he would prefer it if the Legislature were to adopt a state law along the lines of the Foresight 2020 plan. Such a law would have more force than a resolution, McKechnie said.

Regent Chairman Fred Logan said he believes there's interest among some legislative leaders for a resolution, which expresses the sentiment of the Legislature although does not have the force of law.

Conservative Republicans leaders in the Legislature and higher education officials have been battling over funding. Republicans approved $34.3 million in cuts to public universities and Gov. Sam Brownback signed those reductions into law.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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