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Governor Vetoes University Tuition Increase

Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2013-14 state budget into law today. He also sent a letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner explaining his decision to veto a tuition hike. “We are also holding the line on tuition by vetoing the Legislature’s recommended 3 percent tuition increase on our college and university students,” the governor […]

Bright Futures Scholarships May Soon Require Less Paperwork

With no discussion or fanfare, the Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would remove a small piece of red tape for students who want to receive Bright Futures scholarships. Under the bill, SB 680, students would not be required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA requirement went […]

Session 2013 Town Hall: College Affordability And In-State Tuition

Education took up a big chunk of the Fort Lauderdale town hall Monday hosted by WLRN and The Miami Herald. Topics ranged from college affordability to K-12 funding to teacher raises. Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Klas ran through some ideas lawmakers are considering. “Gov. Scott has proposed an initiative that would give […]

The Florida Senate’s 2013 Agenda So Far: In-State Tuition; Teacher Pay; Disabilities

While the Florida House has plenty of education-related bills to consider, Senators have introduced even more. The Senate has also introduced a bill, SB 180, granting the U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition rates. Those students would have to attend school in Florida for four years and apply to college within twelve months […]

Florida Legislature Puts Tuition For Children of Immigrants At Top Of Agenda

Florida lawmakers are holding committee meetings in the state capital this week, preparing for the start of the legislative session on March 5th. So far, just a handful of education-related bills have been filed in the Florida House of Representatives. The big issue is complying with a federal court ruling that says Florida can not […]

Half Of Florida’s Public Universities Make Kiplinger’s Best Value List

Kiplinger is starting 2013 with a list of “Best Values in Public Colleges.” The personal finance magazine put six Florida institutions in its Top 100 list. The Florida Board of Governors is touting the list, saying “access to an affordable higher education leads to brighter futures for hundreds of thousands of students. As they graduate […]

The Education Stories To Watch in 2013

We’re wrapping up 2012, which means it’s time to peer into the crystal ball for what’s coming up in 2013. Florida’s new education commissioner is likely to be the big story, but Common Core is on the horizon as well. Here’s what we’ll be watching for in the next year. Tony Bennett – Florida’s education […]

Poll Finds Voters ‘Dead-Set’ Against Education Agenda in Florida

Florida voters don’t like education proposals pushed by state leaders and Gov. Rick Scott. Really don’t like them, according to a new Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll. Quinnipiac pollsters say voters are “dead-set” against a series of school reform efforts by state leaders. The worst offender is a plan to set different achievement goals for students […]

Why The Cost Of Florida Prepaid College Jumped 350 Percent In Six Years

The cost of a prepaid, 4-year university plan for a newborn in Florida has climbed more than 350 percent in the last six years. That’s what Gov. Rick Scott heard during a presentation Tuesday by the Florida Prepaid College Board. In 2006-07, the prepaid cost for 4-year university tuition and fees was $14,616. Now, it’s […]

Why Florida Universities Won’t Ask For Tuition Hikes This Year

In a rare show of unanimity, Florida’s university presidents say they won’t pursue a tuition increase this year if the state will give them more funding. The presidents came together at the Capitol Wednesday to announce the Aim Higher Campaign. “Fundamentally, the system is underfunded…compared to the rest of the country,” University of North Florida […]

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