Students vs. Rick Scott

Students at several Florida colleges plan to hold protests this week against Gov. Rick Scott’s “attack on higher education.” It’s not just that anthropology thing they’re worried about anymore.

According to an article by Kim Wilmath of the St. Petersburg Times:

The rallies, at the University of South Florida, USF St. Petersburg, University of Florida, University of Central Florida Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and Florida State, are also meant to draw attention to 15 percent tuition hikes okayed by the Legislature a couple years ago, in addition to changes to the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The statewide protests comes just a couple weeks after USF students gathered to speak out against those same tuition hikes. A few years ago state leaders approved raising tuition by up to 15 percent per year, and since then it’s gone up by that much consistently.

Bright Futures used to provide full tuition to high-achieving high school students who attended college in-state. Recent financial problems caused the state to fund the program less generously.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer