Pasco School Board approves dual enrollment fees, vows to fight
Despite continued opposition to the concept, the Pasco County School Board on Tuesday agreed to pay Pasco-Hernando Community College $37.73 per student per semester for dual enrollment courses taught at district schools by district staff.
"We will pay it this year, but it will be the last year," superintendent Kurt Browning said, in recommending the board approve the fee.
He vowed to "work tirelessly" to get the law permitting the fees repealed, a pledge that board members strongly supported.
Browning did credit PHCC officials for asking the district for ideas to offset the fees. But he also criticized them for rejecting four offers to reduce the cost, which lawmakers authorized late in the district's budgeting cycle.
His recommendation to sign off on the charges came only as the Florida Department of Education sought answers why Pasco had not yet complied with the law. "We told them we would finally succumb to the lack of cooperation with PHCC," said Browning, who will lead a committee of superintendents to explore ways to change the law.