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Florida colleges to Rick Scott: ‘Urge legislative leaders to restore our cuts’

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As state lawmakers head back to Tallahassee for a special session this week, the Florida College System is are asking Gov. Rick Scott to reconsider millions upon millions of cuts to their base budgets. Thomas LoBasso, the president of Daytona State College and the chairman of the Council of Presidents, sent a letter to Scott asking the governor to “reconsider the proposed Florida College System budget, which includes $30.2 million in recurring base cuts to one of Florida’ most critical…

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Dorothy Hukill ‘College Competitiveness’ bill moves to conference

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A proposed overhaul of the Florida College System from Sen. Dorothy Hukill has been passed Senate and is heading to a conference next week after amendments by the House. “This legislation (SB 374) will strengthen and expand college and university partnerships so the next generation of Floridians can benefit from our excellent 2+2 program,” said Sen. Bill Galvano, who has pushed Hukill’s College Competitiveness Act during her absence for cancer treatment. “The bill also clarifies the process for colleges to apply for…

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Bob Rommel files bill to shield college presidential searches from Sunshine Laws

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A new bill introduced by state Rep. Bob Rommel would keep secret the identities of candidates for the presidencies and other top executive positions at Florida’s state colleges and universities through most of the selection process. House Bill 351, introduced by the Naples Republican Monday, would create exemptions in Florida’s open records and open meetings laws. The proposal seeks to keep secret “personal identifying information” of applicants for president, provost, or dean of a state university or a Florida College…

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FSU names Randy Hanna interim Dean of College of Applied Studies at Panama City campus

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Randy Hanna, the former chancellor of the Florida College System, has been named interim dean of Florida State University’s Panama City campus and the College of Applied Studies. Hanna, who has a law degree from FSU and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, will replace Carol Edwards, who is joining the faculty of the FSU College of Fine Arts, on Aug. 1. Hanna, who currently serves as a research faculty member at FSU’s Learning Systems Institute, was appointed by Sally…

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House, Senate release education budget proposals for 2016-2017

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Florida’s House Education Appropriations Subcommittee released a preliminary budget plan Thursday, two days after the Senate released its version. LobbyTools reports the House is endorsing a higher education budget of $7.26 billion; the Senate spending plan for higher education is slightly less, coming in at $7.25 billion. The House offers $1.205 billion for Florida colleges; the Senate is putting that number at $1.227 billion. Both plans estimate tuition revenue at $2 billion. State universities would get $4.73 billion under the house plan while…

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Rick Scott signs bill to boost education for veterans into law

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Gov. Rick Scott–as part of an avalanche of bills he granted final approval to go onto the books today–signed into law SB 7028 on Thursday afternoon. The bill, carried by the Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee and its chairman Republican Sen. Thad Altman in the Senate and Broward Democratic Rep. Richard Stark in the House, is designed to increase educational access to military veterans. Specifically the bill would amend the Congressman C.W. Bill” Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program to increase the…

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