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The State of Education in the Centennial State

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The tough financial forecast for Colorado higher education is bad enough to make headlines in USA Today. The newspaper notes that “nobody questions that something needed to be done, and fast, to get the state and its colleges through the next two years.” Yet, as the belt tightening begins, some college leaders note that recently passed legislation will allow universities to substantially increase tuition, which along with more enrollments of foreign students could potentially hurt students from low-income families. 9News reports that universities might get some help from the lottery, but probably not until next year, according to state Senate President Brandon Shaffer, a Democrat who is talking about the roughly $300 million gap in the next state budget. Meanwhile, the University of Colorado is working to teach students about accountability. The number of CU students who have been caught cheating has increased by nearly 40 percent this academic year, according to Boulder’s Daily Camera.

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