State budget negotiators have put a tentative deal in place that would keep the Florida A&M-Florida State University College of Engineering intact—for now.
Over the weekend Senate Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron (R-Stuart) and House Appropriations Chairman Seth McKeel (R-Lakeland) inked a deal allowing $500,000 for a study on whether to split the school. The move came after House Speaker Will Weatherford expressed his desire to leave the decision up to the state university system governing board, the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state’s 12 public universities.
The Board would have until May 2015 to come up with a recommendation to split the school, keep it intact, or give the program to just one institution.
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