Re: the Sept. 12 article "Regents' chief fires back in tiff on tuition."
The Attorney General of Arizona lawsuit blames the Board of Regents on the high cost of going to college, while amounts collected and tuition on a per-student is 7.4% less than in 2008. But the cost per-student funding went up 7.25% since 2008. The article went on and reported that a decade ago the legislature funded 75% of the cost, but the cost this year is just 34%. Then there’s the issue of funding for the Koch Brothers Economic Freedom Schools. The Star and Arizona Capitol Times both reported that Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker David Gowan inserted this 5 million Economy Freedom Schools into the budget that year. And (Rep Thorpe) R. Flagstaff also proposed more cuts in ethnic studies because students are taught hatred at the public expense. But doesn’t teaching a political form of “economic ideology” constitute one form of bias over another? Especially in regard to ethnic studies?
Clyde R. Steele
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.