Pasco-Hernando State College offers new dual enrollment fee agreement
Pasco and Hernando schools superintendents loudly criticized Pasco-Hernando State College when its officials insisted the districts pay dual enrollment administrative fees, even when the students took courses taught by district instructors at district schools.
They signed agreements accepting the cost, but vowed to keep fighting to change the law.
Now, PHSC has offered to alter the arrangement so that each agency pays its own administrative costs and nothing more.
"When our agreement was originally negotiated with our school boards, we complied strictly with the letter of the law. After considering what had been done throughout the state by other colleges and school districts on this issue PHSC determined that flexibility on the issue of administrative fees was not unacceptable among legislators and the state board of education," college general counsel Steve Schroeder told the Gradebook.
"In deference to the budget issues this presented for the Pasco and Hernando school districts, we have proposed that each entity (the college and the school districts) should absorb their own administrative fees. Provisions in the agreement regarding the payment of tuition and other costs will remain as originally negotiated."
The change would take effect immediately upon formal approval.