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Berger and Tillis on local control, community college loans (video)

Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis struggled to explain the Republicans’ stance on local control at their weekly press conference.

With the controlling party moving quickly to reverse municipal annexations, repeal the land transfer tax option, and limit local controls on several other issues, a reporter asked the two: “Are Republicans for local control or not?”

Senator Berger said Republicans believe in an “individual’s freedom.”

Another reporter followed up questioning why then would House Republicans seek to limit an individual student’s freedom by passing legislation that would allow community colleges to refuse to make low-interest federal loans available to students who need them?

Berger responded by saying that too was an individual freedom. If a student wanted a low-interest federal loan, then they could simply go to a community college that offered that option.

For more on the exchange, watch the video below:

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5 Comments

  1. Jeff S

    March 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Berger clearly misses the importance of the community aspect of community colleges.

    Many (most?) people simply do not have that luxury.

  2. Rob Schofield

    March 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Ah ha! — a theme is emerging:

    -Senator Jerry Tillman: poor kids who need a reduced price lunch can just go to their public school rather than a charter.

    – Senator Phil Berger: College kids who need an affordable federal loan but whose community college doesn’t offer them can just move to another part of the state. What could be a problem with that?

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  5. CitizenDreamer

    March 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    “We are actually giving those people who are entrusted with producing a quality product…”. Our students will be so happy to hear that responsible parties have been entrusted to turn them into quality products. Thank God they have no agency or role in their own education.

    And Thom Tillis is considered a “supporter” of community colleges…sheesh.