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Kan. lawmakers approve bill on higher education

Published on -5/21/2012, 7:21 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas legislators want to provide more help for college students who struggle academically, but without having the state pay for remedial courses at its universities.

The House approved a bill on a 116-0 vote Sunday to accomplish both goals, sending it to Gov. Sam Brownback. The Senate had approved the bill Saturday, 34-0.

The measure would prohibit universities from using state funds to provide remedial courses. Some lawmakers argue that cutting off state funds will encourage parents to make sure students are ready for college.

But the bill also would require universities to work with students admitted under exceptions to state admissions standards. Students would be required to develop individual plans for success with university staff.

The bill also would reduce the exceptions allowed at the state's three largest universities.

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