FAMU president makes pitch to Fla. Senate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida A&M University President James Ammons is urging the state Senate to maintain public universities' funding and let all 11 schools raise tuition on their own.

In a rare honor, Ammons addressed the Senate from the podium Thursday.

He said more budget cuts like those the universities have sustained over the past couple years would dash the hopes and dreams of the Florida's youth.

Ammons also made a pitch for a bill to let all universities raise tuition up to 15 percent a year until it reaches the national average. Five large universities already have such differential tuition authority but limited to no more than 40 percent total.

Florida's base tuition set by lawmakers is among the nation's lowest.

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