On Wednesday, 164 university presidents, including the University of Florida’s Bernie Machen, wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama and Congress voicing their concerns about the widening “innovation deficit” created by federal cuts in research and higher education. “Innovation” is one of President Machen’s passions. On Thursday, he attended a unique event at the Cade Museum on South Main Street aimed at lighting a spark in kids’ interest in technology. WUFT’s Brandan McCalla has more.
Discretionary education funds from Florida Lottery's keep dropping and K-12 educators say its not enough. Since 2001, Alachua County’s discretionary funds have dropped from $2,188,467 to $99,456, which equates to about $3.50 per student.