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Head of community colleges hopes for adequate mid-level funding

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The head of the Mississippi's Community College Coard is making the rounds across the Magnolia State, urging legislators to increase funding for our junior colleges. Dr. Eric Clark is hoping lawmakers in 2012 will make significant progress toward mid-level funding.

A bill passed in 2007 authorized per-student spending for junior colleges at a level halfway between public schools and the state's regional universities.

Four years later, Clark says junior colleges still receive much less than that.

"We know they can't do it all at one time," said Clark. "They can't even do it in two years probably, but we're asking for a significant progress toward adequate funding for our community colleges," Clark said.

Clark also spoke about the issue on our Midday show Tuesday.

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