Protesters reject UC tuition hike

Protesters reject UC tuition hike

Janet_NapolitanoCalifornia witnessed protests not just against the grand-jury verdict in the Ferguson, Mo. situation.

Students here also are protesting the proposed hike in tuition at the University of California advanced by President Janet Napolitano. Reported the Times:

In Berkeley, scores of students and community members marched through the city and continued to occupy Wheeler Hall. At UCLA, several dozen students rallied in front of Powell Library. And dozens of protesters at UC Irvine staged a sit-in at the dean of students office, demanding an audience with the university’s chancellor.

The tuition increases — up to 5% each year over the next five years — would raise costs next school year as much as $12,804 and as high as $15,564 by the 2019-20 school year. Protests began last week, when UC regents voted to raise tuition unless more state funding is provided.

Shades of the Sixties. The next thing you know, the Rolling Stones will throw another free concert at Altamont.

Then it was the draft Now it’s exorbitant tuition.

Except this time, the kids also have run up massive debt.

Let’s hope the kids push for reductions in the absurdly high levels of administration — now more than one administrator for each professor. That would cut costs and preclude the tuition hikes.

On the positive side, kids again are getting a hard lesson in the tyranny of governments, especially those that say they “help” us.


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  1. Dawn Urbanek
    Dawn Urbanek 30 November, 2014, 06:58

    The State of California is no longer using its education system for the purpose of educating students. The California Public Education system is being used to redistribute wealth. The States new Education funding law- by design, intentionally underfunds education so that excess revenue can then be used to create new programs that benefit ONLY the poor and English Language Learners. The UC System is fortunate to have the ability to raise tuition so that they can continue to offer any student services. Unfortunately students in K- 12 are simply being deprived of the education they are entitled to under the Constitution unless they can fundraise for basic student services.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 30 November, 2014, 08:28

    If your population is foreign born you adjust your course offerings for student success not failure.

    Yes there is fat and waste in education institutions, but we really do squeeze enough high performers to put their fingers in the dike!

    The real problem out there is a tidal wave of poverty lapping over the dikes that will collapse California civilization.

    The 1100 new laws annually out of Sacramento will be used for toilet paper-

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