Scott’s Push to Suspend Ammons Ignored

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is getting a crash course in the state’s complicated politics when it comes to higher education.

Scott’s push to suspend Florida A&M University President James Ammons amid investigations stemming from a marching band member’s death was ignored by the FAMU board on Monday.

Board members said they would fight against what they called outside influence when it comes to running the university. The board’s decision followed a backlash from students and alumni angered by Scott.

Scott said Monday he remained comfortable with his recommendation.

But former State Sen. Al Lawson said that the governor was unfamiliar with FAMU’s history.

Charles Reed, the former head of Florida’s university system who now heads California’s system, said the state’s higher education system has a history of political intrusion.

Source: Associated Press