Community College Funding Hearing Live Now
Link to live coverage of the community colleges hearing.
By Lee Nichols,
1:35PM, Tue. Aug. 14, 2007
If you're following the controversy over Gov. Perry's veto that could cost Texas' community colleges $154 million in funding, a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education is taking up that issue right now. Morning testimony was, well, testy – especially between the Senators who originally approved the funding, and former Sen. Ken Armbrister, who now represents the Governor's office. Biggest highlight: Armbrister said that "our office's door is always open" to community college administrators to discuss solutions to the funding crisis, which drew loud guffaws. Armbrister wheeled around in his chair, gave the mad-dog eye to the standing-room-only crowd, and challenged, "Is that funny?" To which many in audience loudly murmered "Yes."
The subcommittee has just returned from lunch; click here to watch testimony live. Witnesses are expected to testify on the effect the cuts will not only have on their schools, but on their communities as a whole.