College tenure bill goes from stalled to dead

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A bill that would have eliminated tenure for college faculty is officially dead. William Law, the president of St. Petersburg College, said a vote of the Florida College System Council of Presidents was taken Thursday to oppose the bill (KCOS 11-03), reports the News Service of Florida. That vote was all the encouragement Rep. Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, needed to kill the bill, according to the St. Petersburg Times. Proctor? House Education Committee was the bill? next stop. But Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, the bill? sponsor, said Wednesday there are some college presidents who support it, they just are not willing to let that be publicly known. The bill would have eliminated tenure for all college employees and put them on one-year contracts. The only exception would be the college president. ?resen knew what he was doing so I suspect he was talking to some presidents,?Law said. ? sense it may have been as few as two or three that were providing some encouragement.?But when it came time to vote, it was unanimous against the bill.

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