Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Carroll Helps EWC Keep Its Funding; Lieutenant Governor Saves $1.8 Million

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Carroll Helps EWC Keep Its Funding; Lieutenant Governor Saves $1.8 Million

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Byline: MATT DIXON

It's good to know people in high places.

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, a former Northeast Florida House member, helped ensure that $1.8 million was spared for Edward Waters College in Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget, while other private colleges had similar funding eliminated.

Scott spokesman Brian Burgess said Wednesday the money was included for the Jacksonville college for one more year because without it, the school would "be forced to shut down its operations immediately" - a contention the college denies. The money comes from the state's general revenue fund.

Private-college student aid, like Bright Futures scholarships, stayed in place in Scott's budget proposal released Monday.

The money that was spared for Edward Waters is part of about $10 million set aside to help pay for projects and programs in the classroom at private historically black colleges. Other money, for programs at the University of Miami and other private schools, was also cut.

Jacksonville University and Flagler College did not receive money from these programs in the current budget.

Burgess did not give details about Carroll's role, but said she helped ensure Edward Waters would not need the money from the state in the future.

"Lieutenant Governor Carroll insisted on specific language being included in the budget that placed requirements on the school before qualifying for the funds and also insisted on a mechanism that eliminates the need for further funding in 2012-2013," he wrote in an e-mail.

NOT A DEAL-BREAKER

A college spokesman said the money is important, but denied the school would have one foot in the grave without it.

"It is funding that is heavily relied upon, but by no means would we close the doors if it didn't come," Blake Hacht said.

He said the college uses the money for programs that help prop up students who need academic assistance.

"For instance, tutoring services for our students that come to EWC that are struggling in certain areas," he said. …

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