• State board may try to resolve tuition feud


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The panel that oversees Florida's universities is trying to resolve a behind-the-scenes feud over tuition hikes.

    The Florida Board of Governors on Thursday agreed to change its rules to make it clear tuition rates go up automatically if state legislators don't raise rates. The new rule is expected to be approved in November.

    A spokeswoman for the board said the move is so university rules match state law.

    Gov. Rick Scott this year vetoed a tuition hike approved by legislators. But universities raised tuition by the rate of inflation, citing a state law passed several years ago.

    Emails show universities, the Florida House and the Scott administration this summer wrangled over whether the 1.7 percent hike was legal. One House staff member said the governor's office tried to bully universities.

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