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Jun 20, 2010 10:02 PM

Tuition increase bill given final passage

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A proposal to let Louisiana's public colleges raise tuition up to 10 percent a year has narrowly won final legislative passage.

The House sent the bill to the governor's desk with a 74-23 vote Sunday night. Gov. Bobby Jindal supports it.

The schools will have to agree to work on performance improvements, like increasing admission standards, improving graduation rates and boosting efforts to get students into jobs.

The proposal called the Louisiana GRAD Act will set up voluntary six-year agreements with colleges. They'll have to start showing demonstrated progress on the performance benchmarks by the 2012-13 school year or lose the tuition increases.

House Speaker Jim Tucker reluctantly went along with Senate changes to the bill that allowed colleges to get the tuition authority before showing the improvements.

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