Lawmaker wants to link tuition to appropriations

All have pitfalls of one sort or another. Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, said a freeze would punish Tech, whose governing board held rates steady last year while other boards were raising charges.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

Like many members of the Texas Legislature, Rep. Patrick Rose says tuition has gone up too much since lawmakers gave public university governing boards the unfettered authority to set rates.

Unlike some colleagues who want to freeze tuition or sharply restrict future increases at a time when a tough economy makes such an approach politically popular, however, the Democrat from Dripping Springs favors a more nuanced approach.

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