Arizona community colleges seek clout at Capitol
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
PHOENIX (AP) - The 10 community-college districts in Arizona are forming a council to represent their interests at the Legislature.
While the two-year schools already have a lobbyist, the new Arizona Community College Coordinating Council soon will hire an executive director who can push the colleges' agenda and fight for a share of Arizona's education funding.
The Arizona Republic says the Maricopa County Community College District governing board recently approved the measure.
State funding to the community colleges has significantly decreased over the past few years, including a cut of nearly $60 million since 2008 to the Maricopa Community Colleges.
The Maricopa district is the largest with about 250,000 students a year taking at least one class.
Other districts are Navajo, Cochise, Coconino, Graham, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma/La Paz.
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