April 18th, 2015
You couldn't really say that this session of the Oregon Legislature has been ignoring higher education. Legislators have been having policy debates, discussing efficiency strategies and developing a bill to protect the regional universities from the last round of policy debates and efficiency strategies.
It's just paying for it all that's a complication.
So you can't say legislators can't identify with Oregon's college students, who have the same problem.
House higher education committee chairman Tobias Read, D-Beaverton, and vice chair Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, are pursuing a bill to expand the use of on-line open-source textbooks. This could be a considerable benefit, since the typical chemistry or art history textbook price is now deep into three figures, an amount enough to interest a pawnbroker.