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Rally in Tally
Students and higher education advocates from across the State of Florida will come together on the steps of the new Capitol (dolphin statues) for Rally In Tally 2011 organized by the Florida Student Association. The rally is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 12:45pm. The Florida Student Association, established in 1976, represents the more than 300,000 students in the State University System of Florida. On behalf of the students it serves, it has been instrumental in improving the quality of the education received from public universities. Led by Gallop Franklin, II who is student body president of Florida A&M University, the association has played a major role helping to increase access to the system of 11 publically funded universities. That access to a high quality education allows students to excel in this globally competitive, innovation economy.

Hundreds of students from Florida's public universities will converge on the state's capitol to show support for increased state investment in the State University System of Florida. Rally in Tally 2011 will highlight the benefits to the citizens of Florida when public universities have the resources necessary to provide access to a quality education. Students are not simply seeking a handout. They have shown their willingness to invest in their own futures and the future of Florida by playing a pivotal role in the creation of a tuition differential fee. University trustee boards may receive approval from the Board of Governors for annual increases of the fee up to 15%. Students in the State University System of Florida are asking the Legislature and Governor to follow their lead in investing in Florida's future.

Florida's desire to be a global leader in the world economy depends on the ability of the State University System to continue making progress. It must continue to increase its production of talent to fill high skill/high wage jobs. It must continue to graduate more students who will be the next researchers and professors. And it must continue to commercialize the products of its cutting edge research which leads to new companies which provide high-tech/high-wage jobs. Additionally, graduates of the state's public universities will provide the leaders of industry and government who must guide the state into the future.

"The future of Florida will be determined by the strategic investments made today in the state's most robust economic engine" said Florida Student Association Chairman and Board of Governors member Gallop P. Franklin, II, of Florida A&M University. The Rally In Tally 2011 will begin promptly at 12:45pm on the steps of the New Capitol (Dolphin Statues). Nationally acclaimed Saxophonist B.K. Jackson of Tampa, Florida will kick-off Rally In Tally 2011.

The following is a list of speakers confirmed for the event:

  • Mike Haridopolos, Senate President, District 26

  • Ava Parker, Florida Board of Governors (Chair)

  • Gallop P. Franklin, II, Florida Student Association (Chair)

  • Frank T. Brogan, Chancellor State University System of Florida

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