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House joins Joe Negron’s higher ed program

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The House is now on board with Senate President Joe Negron‘s higher education priorities.

On Friday, state Rep. Bryan Avila filed companion bills (HB 3, HB 5) to Senate measures (SB 2, SB 4) filed by Bill Galvano.

The bills touch on modifying performance-based incentives, boost funding to hire and keep top faculty, and create additional scholarship programs.

The Stuart Republican had championed higher education in his December 2015 acceptance speech of the chamber’s presidency.

A few months later, Negron began a “state university listening tour” with fellow senators and other state officials, hitting 12 institutions of higher learning in four days.

Among the lessons he learned was to “make sure that students of all economic backgrounds can attend the university to which they’re accepted,” he told reporters.

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