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Failing Nursing Schools Get Break

A bill intended to improve nursing education continued to make its way through the Florida Legislature this week, but it picked up an amendment that would seem to undermine its intent.

The Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports that on Tuesday, Rep. Erik Fresen, R- Miami, added the amendment to HB 1059. He and other lawmakers have connections to Dade Medical College, which is on probation. The private, for-profit school has three lobbyists and a record of making hefty political donations.

Linda Quick, president of the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association, said institutions should not be given additional time to meet basic standard. But the bill sponsor, Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Sebring, said the amendment was okay.

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