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Chancellor, BOG won't push Bright Futures reform



Why put much effort into pursuing what you're not likely to get? So seems to be the conclusion of the state university system chancellor and under-fire Board of Governors members, who just announced they will not pursue reforms this year to the popular Bright Futures Scholarship program.

“After consulting with members of the Legislature, Board of Governors chair Carolyn Roberts and I have determined that our efforts this year should focus on our top priorities – securing adequate support in an environment of budget cuts and stopping the brain drain from Florida’s universities,” Chancellor Mark Rosenberg said in a written release.

The Board had planned to discuss Rosenberg's proposed scholarship overhaul, with more of the nearly $400-million program going to need-based aid and to students in high-demand fields, at a meeting in late March. No longer.

“We will hold off on that conversation until we get a signal from legislative leadership that the scholarship program is coming under legislative review,” chair Carolyn Roberts said. “We want to contribute to the work of the Legislature, not hinder its efforts in this important session."

One effort coming this "important session": Senate President Ken Pruitt's attempt to strip the Board  of most powers, including the all-important authority to set tuition....

Pruitt's response to the Board's announcement?

“Florida’s parents and students have spoken, and I am grateful their voices were heard.”

The program covers tuition for more than 150,000 students this year.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:35am]


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