Florida Board of Governors conditionally approves Lakeland’s Florida Polytechnic as 12th state university

Coverage from Denise Balona at the Orlando Sentinel.

Here is the St. Pete Times take on last night’s decision.

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2 Responses to Florida Board of Governors conditionally approves Lakeland’s Florida Polytechnic as 12th state university

  1. Doc Carr says:

    The “Tallahassee Democrat” (11/10/2011, Local section, page 4 continuation) attributed the following observation to Sen. Gaetz (Niceville) in support of shifting resources to split USF Polytechnic away from USF. It is written as a paraphrase rather than a direct quote:

    Today … there are 35,000 STEM jobs advertised by Florida business that are unfilled because the state isn’t producing enough qualified workers in these areas.

    That is one interpretation. Lots of people move to Florida to take a job. (You and I both did!) It could be that workers or graduates in other states are unwilling to relocate here to take those jobs because of the poor quality of our schools. Or it could be that the salaries are too low, so Florida grads leave this state for greener pastures. It sure can’t be that our taxes are too high!

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