State/National News

Scott Approves Bill Creating Florida Polytechnic University

By Kim Wilmath, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Saturday, April 21, 2012

Florida has its 12th public university.

As the state’s other universities are about to see their coffers drained by hundreds of millions of dollars, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill creating Florida Polytechnic.

The bill had sparked an intense reaction across the state, with everyone from students, faculty, politicians and business leaders weighing in.

Acknowledging worries about a financial commitment as the state continues to grapple with a sluggish economy, Scott said Florida Polytechnic’s focus on science, technology, engineering and math will “generate a positive return on investment.”

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