The person in charge of the state university system says higher education in Florida is in trouble because of ego and envy. Chancellor Frank Brogan says that’s because all the schools in the state seem to be aspiring to be something else. He says two year colleges are trying to become four year schools, big universities are fighting academic turf wars, and some satellite campuses want to become their own universities. Brogan says it’s time for the governor boards of those institutions to say “stop”, because taxpayers can’t afford it.
Alachua County Public School students outscored their Florida peers on a majority of the state tests released last week by the Florida Department of Education. Jackie Johnson, the director of communications and community initiatives for Alachua County Public Schools, said county public school students have a history of outscoring their peers on most exams in the state.