Maryland considers how to fund free community college

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  • California: California State University trustees appointed two women to lead the system's San Jose and Sonoma campuses. San Jose State University will be headed by the current Southern Connecticut State University President, Mary Papazian. The new president of Sonoma State University will be Judy Sakaki, who is currently VP of student affairs in the office of Janet Napolitano, head of the University of California system. With the new appointments, 15 of California State's campuses will now be led by women or minorities (Rivera, Los Angeles Times, 1/27).
  • Louisiana: Louisiana's public colleges and universities have submitted plans to Gov. John Bel Edwards' (D) budget staff outlining how they would handle midyear financial cuts over the next few months if such reductions are enforced. Last week, Edwards' chief budget architect, Jay Dardenne, warned higher education officials they would have to cut $131 million from their budget before June 30 if the state Legislature does not raise certain taxes over the next two months. The Louisiana State University system proposed a $65 million reduction plan, the University of Louisiana system proposed a $38 million plan, the Southern University system proposed a $4.6 million plan, and the Louisiana Community and Technical College system proposed a $20.2 million plan (O'Donoghue,, 1/25).
  • Maryland: State Delegate Keith Haynes (D) has introduced legislation to provide free community college education for those with high school diplomas or GEDs and reduce students' tuition if they are looking for employment. Haynes also introduced two other bills that would provide families tax credits for any money used for community college and split the cost of community college between state and local governments. While Haynes' initiative has received bipartisan support in the General Assembly, lawmakers are not sure whether the state can fund it (Shastry, Washington Times, 1/26).

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