Florida’s public schools and universities will take a more than $3 billion hit under the budget proposed Monday by Gov. Rick Scott, with public elementary through high school spending dropping by nearly $300 per student.
A Leon County judge upheld the Legislature’s ability to set tuition for the state’s 11 public universities, knocking down a challenge from former Gov. Bob Graham who thought the Board of Governors should control university costs.
Florida homeowners are likely breathing a sigh of relief now that another hurricane season has nearly come and gone without a major storm hitting the state, but some property insurance policyholders could see their wind protection swept away next year.
Florida public university students will pay on average an additional $532 in tuition and fees for the upcoming school year that begins in the fall, the university system's board of governors determined Friday.
The university governing board approved a 15 percent tuition increase for the 11 universities Friday, bringing Florida's public university tuition more in line with the national average. The Legislature had already approved an 8 percent tuition increase, but the board tacked on an additional 7 percent at the request of the individual universities.
THE CAPITOL, TALLAHASSEE, March 30, 2010..... Despite initial projections that the university system could take major hits in next year's budget, university officials are relatively happy to see that they will likely see a budget between $3.41 billion and $3.5 billion, about on par with last year's.