Another move to break up USF
A powerful Manatee County lawmaker, emboldened by efforts in Polk County to split USF-Polytechnic from the USF system, is now floating the idea of making the school's Manatee-Sarasota campuses independent as well.
The Herald-Tribune reports that state Sen. Mike Bennett wants to take a "serious hard look" at the possibility of breaking up USF.
"Other top lawmakers in Sarasota and Manatee counties say they are receptive to the idea.
The push for independence comes from a perception that the USF branches do not get a fair share of university resources and a desire by local officials to have the regional USF institutions grow into major economic engines."