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'This is a slow drag'



State Board of Education member Kathleen Shanahan hasn’t been shy in raising concerns about Florida’s new, in-the-works state college system. And she continued her criticism at today’s board meeting in Orlando, at one point calling out community college Chancellor Will Holcombe when draft materials about proposed changes weren’t prepared in time for board review.

“This is a slow drag,” Shanahan said, after Holcombe told the board the materials should be ready tomorrow, in time for Thursday’s meeting of the state college task force. “I’m telling you, I find it offensive that it’s going to come out a day after our meeting.”

“We’re talking about a significant, dramatic change,” Shanahan continued. And “we have no ability to absorb (information), have a conversation for the record” about pros and cons.

Board member Roberto Martinez suggested that the board hold a meeting exclusively on state colleges once the task force finalizes its recommendations Thursday. The board did not set a date, but appeared likely to have one before Christmas.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:06am]


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