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Scott still undecided on university tuition bill

Two of the state’s top public universities lobbied the Governor for two hours Thursday to sign a bill that would allow them to raise tuition beyond what is normally allowed. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, Governor Rick Scott, who’s opposed to tuition increases, says he’s still not sure where he stands.

Governor Rick Scott says he’s still undecided about whether he should allow Florida State University and the University of Florida to have the flexibility to set their own tuition rate beyond the current 15-percent maximum limit. Supporters say by doing so, it would make universities more competitive with the nation’s top schools. But, Scott says there are still some questions to consider:

“Where’s the accountability? Where’s the return? If we are going to spend more money in an area, if we’re going to expect our families in the state to spend more money, what are they going to get for it? Because that’s what I think is going to be important to families that want to send their student to Universities.”

Among those who lobbied the Governor include former Board of Governors chair Ava Parker, tuition bill sponsor Representative Bill Proctor, UF President Bernie Machen, and FSU President Eric Barron.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.