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A look at the education budget cuts



Lawmakers in Tallahassee have hammered out a proposed $71-billion budget, and will sit on it for three days as required by law before voting on it Friday.

Here's the basics of what the cuts look like for K-12 and higher education:

$268-million less in per-student funding for K-12 students, or about $100 less per child.

$930,000 less for private colleges and universities

$31-million less for community colleges

$84-million less for state universities

Universities would get $4-million in performance-based money, to be doled out based on which institutions have the best graduation rates, etc. They also would be able to raise tuition starting in January by 5 percent, to $77.39 per credit hour. That's about $55 a semester, just what the Board of Governors voted to do last month. And there's a push among lawmakers to automatically boost tuition each year to match inflation. Note that this wouldn't really change the status quo for universities, which - until the governor's veto this year - have raised tuition by between 3 and 7 percent each year.

That still leaves Florida at the bottom compared to other state university systems.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:24am]


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