Owen H. Johnson's posts related to Higher Education

ALTERNATIVES TO SUNY/CUNY BUDGET CUTS

Senator Owen H. Johnson is alarmed at Governor Paterson’s proposed mid-year $114 million cut to all SUNY and CUNY schools.  “These cuts are on top of a $146 million 2008-09 State Budget reduction and a shameless raid of $68 million in SUNY tuition revenues which were also raised,” said Senator Johnson.  “Considering the growing enrollment and economic benefits the SUNY and CUNY systems provide, they should not be subjected to the type of disproportionate budget cuts being proposed by Governor Paterson.”

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SENATE PASSES NY-SUNY 2020 CHALLENGE GRANT LEGISLATION Legislation To Spur Investments In SUNY Expansion & Job Creation

    The New York State Senate passed legislation to establish the NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program that includes capital funds for investments in economic expansion and job creation at the four SUNY University Centers, as well as a predictable and rational plan for SUNY tuition that will allow students and families to plan for tuition costs.    The bill (S.5855) represents a three-way agreement among the Governor, Senate and Assembly.

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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON COLLEGE HAZING

    The New York State Senate today passed legislation to prevent the tragic injuries and deaths that can occur due to hazing at colleges and universities. The bill (S.1937), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), would help cut down on hazing by strengthening a college or university’s enforcement authority and increasing awareness of the consequences of hazing, underage drinking, and illegal drug use.“Hazing can create physical as well as emotional scars that may last a lifetime,” Senator LaValle said. “There is nothing ‘good-natured’ about hazing and it cannot be tolerated on our college and university campuses.”

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SENATE PASSES COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLAN MAKING COLLEGE AFFORDABLE FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES

SENATE PASSES COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLANMaking College Affordable for Middle Class Families Through:Increased Tuition Tax Breaks; Lower Student Loan Interest Rates; Tuition Pre-Payment; Truth-in-Lending for Student Loans    The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education.  The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan (S7449A), sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low-interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.   

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