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A bill creating memorials to remember the boys who died and were buried in unmarked graves on the Dozier School for Boys’ grounds is now heading to Governor Rick Scott. It’s part two of what the Florida legislature’s doing to help address the abuses that occurred at the school decades ago.

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Two bills offering a formal apology to former wards who say they were abused in a Panhandle reform school and creates memorials for those buried on the property passed their first House committee Thursday. After hearing some horrific stories, some Florida lawmakers issued apologies of their own.

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The former wards of the now-closed Dozier School for Boys in Marianna are one step closer to receiving a formal apology by the state of Florida. That’s the Florida Panhandle school where alleged abuse occurred for several decades.

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Several Florida universities and research institutes have received millions of dollars in grants to help fight the Zika virus—the mosquito borne disease that can cause severe birth defects.

Board of Governors member Ava Parker has resigned her position on the board to take a job at the state’s newest public university.

Parker is one of the longest serving members on the BOG, which oversees the state public university system, having been appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush shortly after the group was created through a 2002 constitutional amendment.

Governor Rick Scott extended her term for another year, which is up in January.

A few wrenches have been thrown into the plan to create Florida’s 12th state university. For example, not enough people are applying to be members of Florida Polytechnic University’s Board of Trustees and the cost of constructing the standalone university is over budget.

The plan is to convert the Lakeland campus of the University of South Florida into Florida Polytechnic University.

The process to create Florida’s 12th public university hit a few snags Wednesday, as a special Board of Governors panel got an update on how the creation of the new Florida Polytechnic University is progressing. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the university could be in jeopardy. So far, not enough people have applied to serve on its Board of Trustees.

Florida Polytechnic University will start its life as the newest state university on July 1st. It was created by allowing the University of South Florida’s polytechnic campus to become independent. But Lynn Hatter reports even though it has a name, it doesn’t have much else at this point.

Florida Polytechnic has no students, no buildings, no president, no administration and no board. What it does have is $33 million in state funding, some assets waiting to be transferred from its parent school, the University of South Florida, land, and the law that created it.

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Apr 20, 2012

Governor Rick Scott has approved a bill that could create Florida’s 12 public state university. Lynn Hatter reports the governor signed off on the proposal Friday that lets the University of South Florida’s Polytechnic Campus become an independent school.

Governor Rick Scott signed a bill pushed by Senate budget chief JD Alexander that grants the polytechnic campus immediate independence from its parent-school, USF.  The move comes after months of contentious debate over the future of the campus, which will now be known as Florida Polytechnic University.

House and Senate budget leaders have reached a deal on a plan to lead the University of South Florida’s Polytechnic campus to independence. The move has been spearheaded by Republican Senator JD Alexander, and over the opposition of USF’s main campus. Lynn Hatter reports under the deal, USF Polytech would become Florida Polytechnic University.