Public Ethics Academy Is Created in Florida

Florida Atlantic University will devote more attention to the study of ethics, following a series of public scandals involving South Florida politicians.

The university’s School of Public Administration in Fort Lauderdale has created a new Public Ethics Academy, which will research ethics and provide training for local government agencies. The academy opened in February with its first seminar, featuring representatives from academia, media and politics.

The academy is receiving its money from training services, including a contract with Hollywood.

“There is just an absolute need,” Norman Ostrau, a former chairman of the State Ethics Commission and the leader of the new academy, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Panelist Marco Rubio, former speaker of the Florida House, believes that one mistake of politicians is protecting themselves only from what is illegal when they also should consider what might look bad.

“Your enemies will use almost anything against you,” he told the Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t think you should do anything you’re not willing to put on your campaign material. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t be proud to brag about.”

Florida Atlantic University will devote more attention to the study of ethics, following a series of public scandals involving South Florida politicians.

The university’s School of Public Administration in Fort Lauderdale has created a new Public Ethics Academy, which will research ethics and provide training for local government agencies. The academy opened in February with its first seminar, featuring representatives from academia, media and politics.

The academy is receiving its money from training services, including a contract with Hollywood.

“There is just an absolute need,” Norman Ostrau, a former chairman of the State Ethics Commission and the leader of the new academy, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Panelist Marco Rubio, former speaker of the Florida House, believes that one mistake of politicians is protecting themselves only from what is illegal when they also should consider what might look bad.

“Your enemies will use almost anything against you,” he told the Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t think you should do anything you’re not willing to put on your campaign material. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t be proud to brag about.”

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