Florida’s Governor Signs Sweeping Bill to Give Top Universities Special Status

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on Monday signed into law a sweeping education overhaul that is meant to improve the prestige and financial fortunes of the state’s top public universities by giving them special status. The bill identifies benchmarks for designating state research universities as “pre-eminent” institutions—a special status that gives the University of Florida and Florida State University extra money for hiring and research. In a news release, Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of Florida’s state-university system, said the bill’s provisions for higher education would benefit universities, students, and the state’s residents.

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