GOP Criticizes NV Chancellor's Comments About Parents

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Republicans have sharply criticized university
system Chancellor Jim Rogers' comments about parents in his State of the System address.

Rogers, who has been fighting Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons' proposed drastic budget cuts to higher education, took aim at an apathetic public in Friday's speech.

He faulted some parents for shipping "unprepared" children to school and for failing to support an inadequately-funded public education system.

In a joint statement, Republican Assemblyman Ed Goedhart of Amargosa Valley and Nevada Republican Party Chair Sue Lowden said
it's unfair to blame parents for education failures and asked Rogers to issue a public apology to parents.

Andy Matthews of the conservative think-tank Nevada Policy Research Institute also criticized Rogers, saying legislative spending on higher education increased 60 percent between the 2002 and 2007 fiscal years.

State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford says that some saacrifices, including cuts to education, might be necessary.

But the Las Vegas Democrat says Gibbons' proposed overall 36 percent cut to higher education is "too much."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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