Higher education's past increases overlooked

Published: April 30, 2012

Glen Johnson (Point of View, April 22), chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, decries that state appropriations have been cut by just over 2 percent over the past four years on average. Never discussed is all the years they got more money, just the cry when they get a little less. Higher education's budget in 2004 was $768 million. In 2011 it was $1 billion. That's a 30 percent increase. The overall education budget in 2004 was $1.95 billion and $2.75 billion in 2011. That's a 41 percent increase. These are the numbers they don't want to talk about. They just want to talk about the small cuts they get when the economy is down.

David Young, Cashion

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