Is Tuition by Major a Good Idea?

A Florida state task force on education has just released a recommendation to adjust tuition, by major.

"Tuition would be lower for students pursuing degrees most needed for Florida's job market, including ones in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as the STEM fields," writes Scott Travis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  Students in other majors -- psychology and the performing arts, for example -- would pay more.  "The purpose would not be to exterminate programs or keep students from pursuing them. There will always be a need for them," Dale Brill, the task force chair, told Travis. "But you better really want to do it, because you may have to pay more."

Here's how Alex Taborrak (of Marginal Revolution) sees the plan:

Inmates Cash in on Prison Phone Glitch

From Arelis R. Hernández at the Orlando Sentinel comes a hilariously idiotic story of a jail in Lake County, Florida, where rather than having money withdrawn from their accounts, inmates were paid to make phone calls. So much so that one man bonded out after making 77 calls and having $1,250 deposited into his account. He ended up turning himself in a few hours later.

Trying to Keep Warm

The boiler went out in my house last week. We have an archaic steam-driven radiator system, and we knew we were living on borrowed time. It is a good time of year to lose heat. It hasn’t been terribly cold in Chicago, so we’ve managed to keep the temperature in the house around 60 degrees […]