Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Florida Gov. Rick Scott cuts all funding to states HBCUs



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In his first proposed budget Rick Scott the newly elected governer has cut all funding to Florida's two
HBCUs.

Bethune-Cookman University, a private school in Daytona Beach stands to lose more than $2 million in state revenue. The state has, for years, helped fund Florida’s private, historically black colleges. But Scott has completely wiped out funding for Bethune-Cookman and Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.

Because Scott’s proposal is just the first step in a months-long budgeting process, Bethune spokeswoman Meredith Rodriguez said college officials will be “patiently waiting” to see how the process unfolds.

28 comments:

Anthony said...

Wow! Talk about a kidney punch!

Anonymous said...

This is unacceptable and egregious! I doubt whether this is being done at predominantly white universities in the state. Going to these schools is sometimes the only way for people of color to attend a place of higher learning due to finances, economics, et al. Clearly this is a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater and cannot, must not, will not, be tolerated!

Franklin said...

Those two institutions are PRIVATE. They should not receive state funding or be supported by the public coffers anyhow.

TiffTalks said...

When will we stop waiting on the government to help us? How many of the alums from these schools give back? In the whole scheme of things, $2mil is not a lot of money, so why can't we depend on each other to educate our children?

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Anonymous said...

Listen Franklin, How dare you say that HBCU's do not deserve state funding! You and that evil bastard Rick Scott were apart of WHITE PRIVILAGE! It's instutitions such as FLMU and BCU that produce some of the best and brightest scholars world wide. You and Rick Scott deserve to drink gasoline and have a match thrown down your throat!

Daniel said...

This goes completely against what Rick Scott wanted to do with his voucher program.
If I understand correctly, he wants to take money away from public schools to provide parents these vouchers to private schools if they so wish to. What he did right here is clearly the opposite of what his plan was with the vouchers.
His is taking away money from the private college without any reason...but, he wants to support private k-12 schooling...What makes a private college any different? What last I knew, other private schools get state money. What makes BCU any different?

Anonymous said...

Regardless if the universities are private or public...they both give out education just as well as any other institution. We pay our taxes on everything and as a hardworking full time student and a full time worker, I feel as though we deserve to keep our funding as well as everyone else. Why does it have to be private HBCUs to lose their funding what about the other private institutions in Florida...for example Stetson University. Im pretty sure they arent losing their funding.

Daniel said...

Oh yah, if I did my math right..
Fun fact: $2 million out of the $70 billion budget, thats abouttttt....
0.002% of the state budget...

Anonymous said...

Well I am a student here at Bethune-Cookman and I am a Junior and i feel that this funding will provide for students to cut the cost for schooling. Some of us come from single family homes where they cannot afford for the Government funding to be taken away, many of which may not have this opprotunity if it wasnt for money from schools. there are sooo many other things that can be improved through our school and without the money we wont be able to get them accomlished.

Gregory said...

They did allow funding to Edward Waters in Jacksonville. We shouldn't be taken by surprise, he is fulfilling his campaign promises. That's why voting is so important!!!


Eatonville, FL

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it, but the HBCU-funding cuts started in 2009. Believe it or not, Bush established this funding and the Obama administration initially voted to cut it. As an HBCU Alum, I feel we need ot stop depending on government, no matter what color the politician, and GIVE BACK to our own schools!

http://westorlandonews.com/2009/05/27/obama-cuts-millions-from-hbcus-shameful/

Anonymous said...

This is sad but I don't see why everyone is so up in arms. I graduated from an HBCU and I appreciate the education and experience that I received but at the end of the day a private school is just that. Schools like Vanderbilt and Duke don't depend on the govt. to keep their doors open. They have alums that sponsor initiatives and programs and they have higher tuitions. For anyone who is focusing on the inability for a person to go to a private school without the govt.'s help... I simply say " This doesn't prevent you from going to college or getting and education. It may change where you have to look. You may have to focus your search around state schools which are more affordable and have govt. dollars to aid you, but to say that this isn't fair... well the world isn't fair and there are tons of students every year who don't get to go to their dream schools due to finances. Overachieve and overcome !"

Anonymous said...

Bethune spokeswoman said, "college officials will be “patiently waiting” to see how the process unfolds."
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Patiently waiting, are you joking? African Americans had to fight for every right we have in this country.

Robert Scott III said...

I hate to say it but it's OUR own fault. We should have come out stronger and voted against this dumb_a??. My Alma Mater will be alright though for we started with $1.50 and faith in God over 100 years ago and we will continue to make a way out of no way.

FU Rick Scott! We will persevere!

Robert Scott III
BCU 06
ROO!

dan hop said...

Here are some of the biggest reductions in Gov. Scott's proposal.

1. A 10 percent cut in education spending
Scott is calling for a $703 million cut in school funding. State Sen. Eleanor Sobel told The Miami Herald that she feared that would have long-term negative impact on job growth, noting that a strong educational system helps attract businesses. "If you're cutting money at that level, you're not going to attract the kind of businesses that we want to have," she said.

I am sure that some of this money is going to be cut from other than black schools.

Anonymous said...

has anyone looked at the fact that Rick Scoot has doubled his own personal budget for personal expenses?.... also the fact that he is planning of taking funds from all of the arts programs state wide completely!.... he has to be the most idiotic selfish individual to ever sit in as our states gov. a sad day if these changes are not shot down.

Anonymous said...

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness....is what the Declaration of Independence states is your fundamental right endowed by your creator. That means you have the right to pursue higher education on your own. It does not mean you claim collge education as a birthright, to be provided for you by a Government that exhorts taxes from private citizens. If you disagree, you may want to seek citizenship in Cuba or Venezuela.

Te said...

Rick Scott's budget cuts were a hot topic during a Black Caucus debate tonight in Tampa, Florida. To sum it up, Rick is careless and irresponsible. What do you expect from Mr. Scott, who paid $74 million dollars for the Governor's seat. Alex Sink is probably kicking herself for loosing the Governor's race.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha. Off the governmet teet you go. About damn time. Always believing that you deserve to receive from someone else. If not given, then it becomes racial. BLACK AMERICANS at their best!

Anonymous said...

FINE WITH ME. HBCs WERE IN RESPONSE TO INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM. BACK IN THE DAY WE TAUGHT AND LEARNED WHEREVER WE COULD DEPENDING ON EACH OTHER. I'M CERTAIN THAT PUBLIC SUBSIDY OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS REQUIRE ADHERENCE TO CERTAIN CURRICULA. FOCUS ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR BLACK CHILDREN TO KNOW, NOT WHAT OTHERS TELL US TO. THOUGH I AM CHRISTIAN, THIS I BELIEVE: ELIJAH MOHAMMED SAID IT YEARS AGO TO STOP DEPENDING ON HANDOUTS AND THE GOODWILL OF OTHERS.

Anonymous said...

If the logic that private schools should not be receiving state funding anyway, then where are the cuts to the UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI and BARRY UNIVERSITY? I guarantee that they both receive state funding. This is by no means a surprise and is very intentional; let's stop dancing around it please.

Anonymous said...

I am a proud parent of an HBCU student who happens to be currently enrolled at one of the Colleges that stands to loose its funding. It',s hard enough trying to raise an African-American male child in today's society when there are so many obstacles that our young people are faced with everyday. It is a miracle to even have our young black youth even interested in attending college no matter where it is. I applaud our youth for that reason by itself. But when you start talking about cutting funds to a college that helps in the aid of keeping our children in the mind set of even attempting to develop a career or honest living for themselves and families, then there has to be a line drawn. Why in the name of heaven would you cut out funding to our black colleges who are trying to help our young black children stay out of the jail system and off of the streets? True enough, we wont be able to help all of them but why destroy the ones that want to be helped and that is trying to help themselves? What kind of foolishness is this? Our children should not have to be punished for something that they had nothing to do with. We are always telling our children to dream big, go after what you want to in life, do something with yourself. How can they do this with a demon like Rick Scott in office that is trying to basically do away with the African -Americans long and tiredsome desire to be treated equal? " All men treated equal?" really?

brozcom said...

The Governor cut funding to ALL of Florida's private universities, not just HBCUs. As a matter of fact, he did not cut funding to the Lt. Governor's HBCU Alma Mater,Edward Waters,in JAX.

Anonymous said...

Talk about the Victim / Entitlement Mentality. Ever heard of student loans? Oh, I forgot. That will would require you to actually take on some personal responsibility and pay the loan back.

Short Fuze said...

To the idiot that made this post. "Ha ha. Off the governmet teet you go. About damn time. Always believing that you deserve to receive from someone else. If not given, then it becomes racial. BLACK AMERICANS at their best!". First off we know you haven't attended any institution of higher learning, try spell check next time. Secondly don't try and group an entire race with your narrow minded bigotry. The last thing I have to say to this idiot, is you say Black Americans feel they deserve something from someone else we DO!!! Its called equality...if there were one HSBC and one predominately white college/university on the list both being cut EQUALY there would be no discussion!!!

Educated Black Man said...

Wow, after reading this entire post and comments, I'm appalled at the ignorance (use spell check, be informed about your government and not just one post, and understand the totality of what is happening) and intolerance (after years of freedom and racial milestones our culure has accompolished, so many of the posters exude a slave mentality or one of being owed retribution). Negate the racial aspect of this argument, these schools are private institutions and should be sustaining on their own. Furthermore, as a young black male from a low income family who is a recipient of a college education in FL, from a PRIVATE NON-HBCU, I can say that there is money available, other than from the government. Stand up, take pride in being an individual as well as being part of a legacy. Billie Holiday said it right "..God bless the child who's got his own."

Anonymous said...

Educated Black Woman....

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.

I graduated from a non HBCU and had to get loans and work to pay my way. It has always been said that if you want Black people to not know something, put it in writing. The posts that I have read seems reactionary and as always the way Black people have always responded. "They owe me something." Wake up people and see that you are and probably will always have a slave mentality. I wan the Master to take care of me because I was born on this earth. My question to you..which Master are you relying on?


Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2011-02-09/story/jennifer-carroll-helps-edward-waters-college-keep-its-funding#ixzz1JIoyJrA5

Anonymous said...

Darrell Lee

One guy mentioned looking into state schools. I am sure most private, HBCU students would prefer a state school over their current establishment but state schools are increasingly competitive to get in now. Most, HBCUs have very low requirements for admissions. Its a safety net for students who wouldn't be accepted elsewhere. I, personally, could never suffice to an HBCU but I understand its importance. For such proud people $2 million from alumni drives should be attainable.