Monday, June 12, 2017

FSCJ President Warns Of Layoffs Under New State Budget - RYAN BENK, WJCT

Lawmakers said they cut $30 million from the state college system, partly because fewer students are enrolling in remedial classes, which are meant to get struggling incoming students up to speed. FSCJ expects to lose about $3 million, and President Cynthia Bioteau said the cut would result in laying off more than 70 staffers. As the Miami Herald reports, two years ago lawmakers loosened remedial class requirements for students to focus more on courses that count for credit. Colleges then pivoted to tutoring labs to fill that gap, which was cheaper, while still retaining the same level of developmental education funding. But Bioteau said on First Coast Connect Wednesday, those students are still enrolling — they’re just getting help from the campus tutoring center.

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