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December 14, 2001

CONTACT: Lauren Cain
Director of Communications

Education Secretary Rescinds More Than Half of State University Chancellor's Memoranda

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Board of Education Secretary Jim Horne today rescinded more than half of the Chancellor's Memoranda related to governance of universities, continuing the deregulation of state universities.

Chancellor's Memoranda are issued to state universities to define practices and guidelines for standard activities of the university system. It will be the decision of the university board of trustees on whether to enact similar measures.

In reviewing the Chancellor's Memoranda, Interim Chancellor for Colleges and Universities Carl Blackwell reinforced that he recommended retaining only those memoranda that are needed to maintain common elements of the university or K-20 education system. These include memoranda related to communication, data collection and reporting, and budget and finance.

Of 133 active Chancellor's Memoranda, 75 will be rescinded, 17 will be retained with the expectation that the 2002 Legislature will complete the devolution; and 41 will be retained and/or revised as needed to support the K-20 system.

The Secretary's recommendations for Chancellor's Memoranda will be issued to university presidents on Monday, December 17.