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Hundreds rally in Frankfort for higher education

Hundreds of students from Kentucky's eight public universities rallied in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday to protest proposed budget cuts in higher education.

Student body presidents from the universities and state lawmakers spoke to a boisterous crowd that Michah Fielden of the University of Kentucky, chairman of the Board of Student Body Presidents, described as the largest student rally in Frankfort "in modern times."

Gov. Steve Beshear's budget calls for a reduction of 6.4 percent in state funding for post-secondary education, which is less than the proposed cuts of 8.5 percent for most state agencies.

Without more support from the state, Fielden said, universities will have to shift an even greater part of the burden for education to students, who have seen large increases in tuition in recent years.

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