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Wednesday Churn: Good tuition news

What’s churning:

Updated 2 p.m. – The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education today approved a staff recommendation for a 6.5 percent tuition increase at state community colleges next school year.

Tuition hikes are an increasingly touchy subject for Colorado students, but it could be worse. Community colleges are allowed to raise tuition by 9 percent, under the current agreement the system has with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and based on expected state support of higher ed next year.

A staff memo notes that a 6.5 percent increase translates to $6.90 per credit hour, or a $207 bump for resident students taking a full-time load of 30 credit hours. The 6.5 percent increase would yield $16.2 million in additional revenue for the system.

The board also approved a 3.6 percent cap for fee increases. Read the full memo on tuition and fees here.

See this EdNews article for background on 2012-13 tuition trends elsewhere in the state higher education system.

What’s on tap:

The State Board of Education meets starting at 9 a.m. in the boardroom at 201 E. Colfax Ave. The top agenda item is consideration of proposed rules for appeals by teachers who lose non-probationary status because of ineffective evaluations. The board also will consider an innovation school application from DPS’ Creativity Challenge Community. Agenda

A Rally for Our Students’ Future will be held at 10 a.m. outside the Capitol. The Colorado Education Association and Jefferson County Education Association are sponsoring the event along with other groups, including Colorado PTA and Great Education Colorado, to coincide with a furlough day in Jeffco. The rally is intended to spotlight school funding cuts that require steps such as furloughs.

Metro State’s Center for Urban Education is hosting a national conference on Great Teachers for Our City Schools Wednesday through Friday at the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown. More information

Good reads from elsewhere:

Study up on school finance: Funding for Colorado schools is in the news these days, given that the 2012-13 School Finance Act has started its way through the legislature. If you’d like to learn more about how the complicated system works, check out the just-published 2012 edition of the School Finance in Colorado handbook prepared by non-partisan legislative staff.

Charter overhead: A new study from a group called the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education asserts that charter schools spend more per student on administration and less on instruction that traditional public schools. The study examined only spending in Michigan. Get details from the Huffington Post.

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