Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Editors Told of Education Challenges

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Editors Told of Education Challenges

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ST. AUGUSTINE -- Unless Florida wants to be known as a tuition-free state, it must make dramatic changes in one of its most prominent scholarship programs, state University System Chancellor Adam Herbert said yesterday.

Herbert said efforts to increase academic standards for Florida's Bright Futures scholarships would again be a battleground in the 2000 legislative session.

Herbert wants to revamp the program to sharply increase the needed SAT score.

"If you're saying a student with a 1,000 SAT can get a scholarship, that ignores reality," he said in answer to a question following a speech to Florida editors and publishers. "This is not going to go away. It's an issue the state has an obligation to address."

Almost 10 percent of the 19,500 freshmen attending state universities and community colleges on Florida Bright Futures Scholarships last year had to take remedial classes because they were not ready for college work in reading, English and math, The Miami Herald reported in March.

Analysts found that 1,847 Bright Futures freshmen took remedial classes and of those, 376 were enrolled in state universities and the rest in Florida community colleges.

Herbert said virtually every student admitted to the state's largest university, the University of Florida, meets the academic requirements for a Bright Futures scholarship. …

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