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Edison faculty not told about trustee uncertainty

Matt Grant

Edison faculty not told about trustee uncertainty

CREATED Mar. 15, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar. 15, 2012

FORT MYERS - Hundreds of people in charge of your child's education in Florida have learned their authority is in limbo.

That includes newly nominated Edison State trustees who are trying to turn around the scandal plagued school.

In a letter to the board of trustees, a state college official informed them that they are now in limbo since the state senate wrapped up their session last week without confirming them.

"I know the message I got was, 'We don't approve of you,'" said Seay. "And that to me was a bit disturbing."

In fact, none of Gov. Rick Scott's board of trustee appointments, for colleges across the state, where confirmed.

Since state senators didn't approve the governor's nominees he'll have to nominate them again within 45 days.

The letter was sent Tuesday morning. Fox 4 reached out to the college's spokesperson Wednesday afternoon and she didn't know about the situation until we told her.

When asked to comment later in the day, she told us: "The letter speaks for itself."

But faculty also were unaware of the board's uncertainty. We showed the letter to Edison English professor Marty Ambrose who was stunned to hear about the college's latest troubles.

"Were you or the faculty ever informed this was going on?," asked Fox 4 reporter Matt Grant.

"No I was totally surprised when I saw that email," said Ambrose. "And I'm kind of concerned that no one conveyed that to the faculty...I think we should know, we need to be communicated with on a regular basis about anything this large."

The governor's office would only say all appointments are "under review."

If you want to make sure the governor approves those appointments you can call (850) 488-7146 or email his office directly.

Matt Grant
mgrant@fox4now.com

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