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Future of higher ed major challenge for next governor

7 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Monday, October 19 2015 Oct 19, 2015 October 19, 2015 3:01 PM October 19, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's next governor will have his hands full when it comes to addressing the future of higher education in the state.

After years of budget cuts and tuition raises, higher education has become an issue in this Saturday's election.

All the candidates have vowed to make higher education a priority.

They've talked about the need to re-examine how budget money is allocated, what's protected from cuts and scaling back tax breaks to generate new money for higher ed.

Education officials say higher ed needs to be looked at as an investment in the future instead of an expense.

Between 2008 and 2015, Louisiana support for higher education dropped by 34 percent. That's compared with a nationwide drop of 6 percent.

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