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Poll: Floridians Sour On Proposed Ed Reforms

Florida voters are overwhelmingly against a series of education reforms for public schools, colleges and universities.

The Quinnipiac Polling Institute sampled opinions on a state education plan that set’s academic goals for students based on race. Critics say it sends to the wrong message about minority students while others say it recognizes that an achievement gap exists. In the poll, 71 percent of Florida voters say the state shouldn’t go forward with the plan.

Seventy-three percent of voters are also against allowing some universities to charge higher tuition rates, and 66 percent oppose a plan to give math and science majors lower tuition rates.

Voters are also skeptical of Governor Rick Scott’s challenge to state colleges to create four-year degree programs for $10,000. Less than a third of registered voters polled believe it’s likely to happen, but some colleges have already agreed to try it.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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