Quick Takes: U.S. House Backs Stingy Spending Bill, Arkansans Reject Higher Ed Bond, Suit Challenges California Tuition Policy, Professors Lose Posts at Ocean County College, Faculty Retirement Deal in Vermont
Submitted by Doug Lederman on December 15, 2005 - 4:00am
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved by two votes a compromise spending bill (H.R. 3010) for the Departments of Education, Labor and Health and Human Services that higher education officials have opposed as inadequate. The House last month narrowly defeated an earlier version of the $142.5 billion measure, which the Senate is expected to vote on today, but Republican leaders won over enough lawmakers to pass the bill by adding funds for rural health care.
Voters in Arkansas narrowly rejected a $250 million bond issue for higher education on Tuesday, according to the Arkansas secretary of state's office. Gov. Mike Huckabee, who had promoted the ballot measure, conceded defeat Wednesday as supporters fell short of opponents by a few hundred votes.
A class action lawsuit was filed Wednesday, challenging a California law that permits some undocumented immigrants to pay the same tuition rates at public universities as do state residents, the Los Angeles Times reported. The suit was filed on behalf of out-of-state residents, who pay higher rates.
Students and faculty members at Ocean County College, in New Jersey, are protesting the board's decision to reassign the student newspaper adviser and not to reappoint three faculty members, The Asbury Park Press reported. Critics of the board's decision say that the trustees are punishing those who disagree with administrators -- a charge denied by the board and administration.
The Vermont State Colleges and the union that represents the system's faculty have reached a deal on a labor agreement that will partially restore a retirement plan that had been scrapped by a state panel earlier this year, the Associated Press reported.