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Letters to the Editor for April 5

Legislature failing higher education

Once again the Legislature is furthering the deterioration of Oregon's community colleges and higher education system. The newly released Ways and Means co-chairs' budget does little to reverse the six-year slide in state support for higher education. These reductions have resulted in lost opportunity for thousands of Oregon students, and this new budget level doesn't begin to restore those losses. We need a strong K-12 school system, but if public community colleges and universities can't offer the courses and programs students need, at the price they can afford, where will our high school graduates go?

I hope the Legislature reconsiders this budget, finds revenue to fund needed programs and services at all levels of education, and begins to rebuild what was once a world-class education system in this state.

PRESTON PULLIAMS

District president

Portland Community College