Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

November 6, 2006

Paying for college

Filed under: college costs, Higher Education — texased @ 7:30 am

Bell addresses teacher pay, college tuition:

Another major education issue that hit close to home Thursday was skyrocketing tuition increases at state universities.Bell said Texans have watched as higher education was unregulated and tuition went up anywhere from 30 to 100 percent.

“Why would you make college less affordable at a time when more jobs than ever before require a college education,” he said.

Traveling with Bell was Cindy Gonzalez, a former higher education director for Rick Perry and, up until this year, a Republican.

Gonzalez said she’s supporting Bell because he is the only candidate truly committed to higher education.

Gonzalez said she has nothing against Perry, and thinks he’s a fine man, but she said that did not change the fact that his administration failed Texas students and broke promises when tuition was deregulated and state schools were underfunded.

“And if I don’t stand up for those students now,” she said, “I will feel like I failed them as well.”

If elected, Bell said he would first re-regulate college tuition to help get control over tuition. He said he would also bring back the Texas Tomorrow Fund and make textbooks tax-free.

When I entered UT Austin way back in 1984, my student loan paid for my room and board and my Pell Grant covered my tuition. I worked part-time to cover my books which was usually more than my tuition. That isn’t going to happen today. When you vote on Tuesday, you might consider if you are so much better off today that the increases in college tuition don’t affect you.


1 Comment »

  1. Dub’s World | I pay $16,290 to teach my professors

    So here we go again. It is Monday, I wake up at 8am, leave at 9am and get to school by 10am. That is my regular routine for Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Now, I have come to terms with this ridiculous amount of time spent doing nothing but getting read…

    Trackback by Rinsem's Rink — November 27, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

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