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Bill that would prohibit community colleges in Florida from granting tenure to faculty members passes key legislative committee

The Orlando Sentinel
A bill that would prohibit community and state colleges from granting tenure to faculty passed a key legislative committee Tuesday.

Educators statewide were still scrambling to understand the proposal that caught many by surprise.

But some college leaders — including the president of Valencia College in Orlando and the executive director of the Association of Florida Colleges — already are speaking out against the plan, which would cut out tenure and prevent colleges from giving employees multi-year contracts.

The bill would take effect July 1 and would affect new employees as well as those who have not yet earned tenure — including faculty and administrators.

They would be required to work on annual contracts. College presidents' jobs wouldn't be impacted.
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