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Florida Higher Education Task Force Holds First Meeting

The leader of a new task force to examine higher education said at the panel’s first meeting that it shouldn’t try to “reinvent the wheel” amid a multi-pronged attempted to overhaul the network of state universities. But a topic that has dominated earlier discussions, particularly a measure that moved through the Legislature earlier this year, re-emerged: The state funding of universities and how well they are able to supplement that spending with tuition. “The big question is, is the current economic condition expected to continue?” asked Dale Brill, president of the Florida Chamber Foundation and chairman of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform. Gov. Rick Scott created the task force with an executive order in the wake of his veto of a measure that would have allowed the University of Florida and Florida State University to raise tuition by virtually unlimited amounts. The chief author of that legislation, outgoing House Education Chairman Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, is on the task force.

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