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Education
8:59 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Vice President Biden talks college affordability at FSU

Vice President Joe Biden
FSU

Vice President Joe Biden is carrying the message of making college more affordable throughout Florida this week. Monday he stopped in Tallahassee at Florida State University to talk about the rising cost of tuition—an issue that’s been front and center in state politics recently. But Lynn Hatter reports when it comes to the issue of holding down costs in higher education—some say it shouldn’t come at the cost of financial aid to students who need it the most.

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Education
4:53 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Fresen pitches school construction tax swap

The shortfall within the trust fund that supports public school construction projects is so great, that Governor Rick Scott has called on school districts, colleges and universities to give back unspent money from previous years. But as Lynn Hatter reports, there’s a plan afoot in the Florida legislature that could help shore up the fund, and create a dedicated funding source for future building plans.

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Education
12:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Siplin's school prayer bill gets Senate OK

The Florida Senate recently approved a bill that would allow students to lead prayer at any school assembly without any monitoring from teachers and school administrators. But, As Sascha Cordner reports, though it received widespread support among Republicans, Senate Democrats say the legislation is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Commonly referred to as the “School prayer bill,” Senate Bill 98 authorizes, but does not require, a school board to adopt policies that allow inspirational messages to be given by students at a student assembly.

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Education
6:09 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Governor, legisalture headed to clash over tuition increases

The Governor and House are on diverging paths when it comes to the issue of higher education tuition increases. Lynn Hatter reports the House is poised to approve a rate hike for Florida’s college and university students, and the governor is vowing to veto it.

The House budget proposal calls for an 8-percent increase in tuition, something that students like Florida State University’s Michael Sampson say they don’t want.

 “I don’t believe raising tuition is a good idea in any economic circumstance.”

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Education
6:06 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

School prayer bill approved by Senate, heads to House

The Senate has approved a bill that would allow prayer at public school events. Lynn Hatter reports the bill cleared the chamber on a 31-to-8 vote.

Under Senate Bill 98 school boards are directed to lay out guidelines for when and how students in public schools could give “inspirational messages” at school events. Groups like the ACLU of Florida are against the bill, saying it’s unconstitutional. But the bill sponsor Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando says his proposal doesn’t force any group—the student or the school—to do anything they don’t want to do.

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