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Bill dies, forced public comment for college tuition raises

February 21, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill that would force colleges and universities to allow public comments before raising tuition has been voted down in the Virginia Senate.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the bill was defeated Tuesday by a Senate committee’s 6-4 vote after it passed unanimously through the House. It would have forced public schools to give a formal opportunity for comment at a board meeting before increasing tuition.

Del. Jason Miyares says the measure was needed for parents and students amid “never-ending tuition increases.” He says ten other states require public comment before raising tuition.

University of Virginia representative Betsey Daley is not opposed to getting comments but says the board members, president and other school officials’ emails are easily accessible online. Daley says one public hearing is not a substitute their year-round input.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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