State/National News

Funding Cuts in Florida Cut Route to 21st Century

by Mary Ellen Flannery
The first victims of the Florida legislature’s wicked $300 million cuts to higher education appear to be students in the flagship university’s highly acclaimed computer science department.

What, Florida legislators? You figure you won’t need computer scientists in the 21st century?

Gov. Rick Scott, who recently told reporters that state universities need to focus on job-producing programs, signed into law yesterday a state budget that will devastate Florida’s public colleges and universities – but leaves intact more than $500 million worth of corporate tax loopholes. In response, University of Florida officials issued a plan to dismantle its research-based, grant-winning Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering department.

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