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Bill to OK tuition, fee waivers for adjuncts, part-timers stalls

CONCORD — The House Wednesday sent to study legislation that would have made it possible to give tuition and fee waivers to adjunct faculty and part-time workers of the state community college system.

State Rep. June M. Frazer, D-Concord, said if the bill had passed, it would have increased the number of community college workers eligible for the waiver from the current 750 full-time professors and staff to 2,250. The bill would have given this group the ability to, through their bargaining unit, to negotiate for the benefit.

Frazer said the House Education Committee split, 9-9, and offered the bill without recommendation.

She said while the additional benefit would give a “much-needed boost” to the adjunct professors and staff, community college system officials said such an expansion would not be financially feasible.

Frazer said that through a study a “fair and workable solution” would be found.

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