Tuition rate setting debate goes to higher court
The Florida Supreme Court has decided to hear a case covering who should set tuition rates at state universities. University of Florida Law Professor Emeritus Joseph Little says a fundamental question in this case is whether the appointed Board of Governors should have this control.
An appellate court previously ruled the Legislature should have the ability to set rates. Little says the original amendment placing the Board in that position of power was bound for legal challenge.
He says this ruling will take a few months to hand down. Although there are different courses of action either side can pursue to fight against the ruling, Little expects this decision should settle the issue.
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