Minor meltdown at education town hall

| April 6, 2015

April 5, 2015 • By Michelle McMannon • Arizona Daily Sun

A town hall meeting on education funding turned nasty Friday afternoon as one of the state lawmakers on the panel lost her patience with hecklers in the audience.

More than 100 people filed into the Cline Library Assembly Hall at Northern Arizona University Friday for a town hall meeting with state Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, state Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, and Flagstaff Unified School District Superintendent Barbara Hickman.

The Flagstaff Education Association hosted the meeting so local residents could discuss Arizona’s FY2016 budget, which includes deep cuts to higher education funding — $17.3 million at NAU alone. It also kept rural community college funding flat and increased K-12 funding for inflation and enrollment growth but also cut other types of school funds, including $1.3 million in district additional assistance at FUSD.

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