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David Sarasohn: Lawmakers and higher education

May 04, 2015 / Phil Lesch

Oregonian
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.

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