Education Task Force Reaches Tentative Agreement

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Gov. Rick Scott’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform has reached tentative agreement on its recommendations.
 The panel on Wednesday called for different tuition rates based on the type of degree being sought such as business, education or engineering.

It also proposed letting “preeminent universities” set higher tuition rates.
 In addition, the task force came out for giving the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, bigger roles in budgeting and hiring university presidents.
 It backed away, though, from a proposal that would have set a goal of reaching the national average for state university funding.

Florida now ranks near the bottom.
 The seven-member panel plans to finalize its recommendations to Scott and the Legislature next week.