Parrish Opposes Tuition-Free Community Colleges

julie parrish.b-wState Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, doesn’t think community college tuition should be free. So she and 11 colleagues voted “no” to the idea when SB 81 came before them last week after passing 28-1 in the Senate.

Parrish describes herself as a big supporter of education. However, she is actually a raving fan of charter schools and the conversion of public schools to private. In fact, she has her son in a charter school in the Tigard-Tualatin District, not her home West Linn-Wilsonville District. The latter also has a charter school.

The lone negative vote in the upper body was Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River. He also represents much of northwestern Clackamas County and far western reaches of Multnomah County.

This report on the legislation by State Sen. Mark Hass, D-Tigard, comes from GoLocalPDXNews, a social media website designed to replace daily news feeds to the public as the Oregonian becomes less and less a force in fresh news delivery.

By the way, an “emergency clause” is added to legislation when it is to take effect immediately. So when the governor signs this bill, students can sign up pronto.