Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction is applauding Attorney General Mark Brnovich for his legal actions against the state’s Board of Regents, claiming the board’s over 300 percent university tuition hikes are unconstitutional.
Superintendent Diane Douglas announced her support of Brnovich for calling out the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) for the hikes.
“The Arizona Constitution clearly states that ‘the university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible,’” Douglas said in a recent statement. “That is plainly not the case in our state right now. We want to set our children up for success when they graduate from college, not be riddled with so much debt that their choices are limited.”
Douglas, a constitutional member of ABOR, said she agrees with Brnovich that the tuition-setting policy is unconstitutional and that the state could be violating federal law and forfeiting its ability to provide lower-priced tuition for in-state residents.
“It is overdue that we have a serious conversation about controlling the cost of a college education in Arizona,” Douglas said in a press release. “I would be interested in hearing more about ideas such as community colleges offering four-year degrees and reducing the amount of fees students pay. I think it fits within the larger dialogue of ensuring our financial resources are used wisely to ensure the best possible outcome for our children.”