Regrettable Regents: Sunday’s Comic

UofA president Dr. Robert C. Robbins, ASU president Dr. Michael Crow, and Arizona Board of Regents president Eileen Klein

AG Sues Arizona Regents For Unconstitutional Tuition Hikes

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents for dramatically and unconstitutionally increasing the price of base tuition and mandatory fees at Arizona’s public universities by more than 300 percent since 2003. The Arizona Constitution requires that “the university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.”

“Every Arizonan dreams of being able to send their kids to college,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Within the last 15 years, Arizona went from having some of the most affordable public universities to having some of the most expensive. We believe the Board of Regents needs to be held accountable and answer tough questions for Arizona’s skyrocketing tuition rates.”

The State alleges that ABOR has adopted unconstitutional tuition-setting policies, has abandoned its duty to serve as a check on the university presidents, and has ceased deriving tuition rates from the actual cost of instruction. According to the lawsuit, ABOR has misinterpreted its “nearly free” mandate to mean whatever the market rate is for peer institutions and made itself as the arbiter of “affordability” for Arizona’s students and families.

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4 Comments on "Regrettable Regents: Sunday’s Comic"

  1. The Oracle of Tucson | September 10, 2017 at 2:00 am |

    It’s so refreshing to see that gaft, corruption and cronyism isn’t confined to just Pima County but extends throughout the state.
    The clowns should be fired and jailed for betrayal of the public’s trust.

    The Oracle

  2. People need to send their kids to trade schools that actually teach something instead of a “college” that mostly indoctrinates them.

  3. Attorney General Brnovich is just grandstanding as he faces re-election. He and his crony, Governor Dufus, have to have been aware of the BOR`s failure to meet the constitutional standard of a nearly free university education for AZ residents even before they took office so his law suit is too little too late. Gov. Dufus has been signing budget legislation that made a mockery of “a nearly free” university education ever since he took office. There is no way the BOR could have gotten away with their exorbitant university budgets without the Governor and Legislature going along and necessitating exorbitant tuition fees as well.

  4. luke this has been a problem for years even before the douchey and company arrived in power. Goes way back and when asked why over the years an answer was never forth coming. Guess when you get to sit in an ivory tower you get the power complex and forget what you were hired to do. Pretty much true of all politicians at all levels. Just look at the problem the guy hired to drain the swamp is having as an example. The professional politicians have been on the public tit for so long they cant get off and if they could their owners (those that tell them what and when to think like soros & co) wont let them as it would cost them too much!

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