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Lawmakers Opt for Study Of FAMU-FSU Engineering Over Automatic Split

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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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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