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September 21, 2014

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Rogers asking former lawmakers to weigh in

University system Chancellor Jim Rogers is looking to enlist former state legislators in his battle to save education from deep budget cuts in the next biennium.

He is writing letters to former state senators and assembly members, asking them to help lobby the governor and current lawmakers to find new ways of funding education.

The governor has asked various state agencies including the higher education system to brace for a 14 percent budget reduction in 2010 and 2011.

Rogers says a cut of that magnitude could force public colleges to slash areas of study or raise student fees dramatically. Facing a tight budget, UNLV is already increasing class sizes and cutting positions for instructors on short-term contracts.

Rogers said he plans to send his letters to former legislators by early next week.

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