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University of Florida faculty plan rally on budget woes



University of Florida gator We've had the teachers rally in Orlando to push for greater education funding. Parents had their rally in Tally. And there's been a host of local gatherings around Florida, too, all in hopes of grabbing lawmakers' attention as they create the 2009-10 budget.

Now it's the University of Florida's turn.

The United Faculty of Florida UF Chapter has organized its rally for noon Tuesday at the campus Plaza of the Americas.

They're also billing it as a "teach-in," the aim being to educate folks on the problems that the university faces with decreased funding.

"Since September 2007, Florida’s universities have suffered cuts of 11.4%, and UF receives 25% less money from the state than peer institutions," the group says in a press release announcing the event. "The University of Florida now faces severe cuts that will irreparably damage its quality of education, as well as UF's national and international reputation."

Now the big question — Even if the lawmakers get the message, what can they really do about it?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:19am]


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