Louisiana lawmakers have sent to Gov. Bobby Jindal legislation he had urged that would give public colleges and universities greater flexibility to raise tuitions in exchange for meeting stricter performance goals, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported. The legislation's chief sponsor, Jim Tucker, the speaker of the House, had wanted to delay implementation of the new authority for colleges to raise tuition until 2012, so that they would have to meet at least one year's worth of performance goals before earning that power. But with the legislative session due to end Monday, Tucker and his House colleagues accepted Senate changes that would allow such increases -- which higher education leaders had argued were needed with the state facing deep budget cuts -- this year.
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