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US Education Secretary: Arizona 'Shortsighted' In Defunding Public Colleges

(Photo by Casey Kuhn - KJZZ)
Secretary of Education John King meets with Phoenix College students.

Secretary of Education John King visited the Valley on Thursday to chat with college students about inequity in higher education.

King stopped by Phoenix College to speak with administrators and Latino students on what the biggest issues are facing minority students.

The administrators suggested a lower application fee for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. They also said a lack of state funding has made it harder to distribute resources.

King says the Arizona Legislature’s defunding of public colleges will hurt future students.

“One of the things that worries me in Arizona has been the disinvestment of public higher education.  I think that’s been shortsighted and something the state really needs to rethink.”

King also met with local high-schoolers and Latino community members at Arizona State University to discuss immigration and education.

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Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.