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August 22, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Students starting the school year at California Community Colleges this week will pay higher fees and have fewer courses from which to choose. At California State University campuses, students will find their classes packed, fewer library books available and the ranks of part-time faculty thinned. That dismal picture could worsen if the state's financial problems force colleges and universities to make additional budget cuts mid-year, leaders of the systems said Monday during a conference call with reporters.
July 29, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The state auditor Thursday called on the University of California to be more transparent about how it distributes money among its campuses and asked why four campuses with high proportions of black, Latino and Native American students receive lower per-capita funding than some other UC schools. The auditor's report also criticized UCLA for "wrongfully" using $5 million from a student activities fund to construct a student center and for plans, since abandoned, to tap the fund further to renovate the Pauley Pavilion basketball arena.
July 23, 2011 | Sandy Banks
It all came down to money this week on my return trip to San Francisco. And there is good news and bad news in this. The good news is that my daughter finally found a place to live. It's a studio apartment, above a tavern, on a grimy stretch of a busy street. But it's cheap and clean, with a real kitchen and a private bathroom, unlike the other prospects we'd seen. And it's a straight shot — one bus — to San Francisco State, where she will be a junior this fall. That is where the bad news comes in. Her tuition will jump again — by about $600 — this fall.
May 24, 2011
The California Constitution is unequivocal: "A general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence" is essential to the "preservation of the rights and liberties of the people. " Therefore, it says, the state shall provide a free education to its children. That provision — Article IX — was enacted at the Constitutional Convention of 1878-79. Today, California has nearly 10,000 taxpayer-supported public schools serving just over 6 million students. Gratis . Except for one little hitch.
May 10, 2011 | By Megan O'Neil, Los Angeles Times
Local education officials this week said they are bracing for a dramatic shift in how extracurricular activities are funded, the result of a lawsuit settlement that bars schools and their affiliates from charging students fees for such programs as sports teams, musical ensembles and cheer squads. California education officials in December settled a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against dozens of campuses, including John Burroughs High in Burbank, alleging that charging students for educational materials and activities violates a constitutional mandate that public school districts provide free and equitable education to all students.
February 2, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
California's community colleges always have been among the best bargains in America. But too often these days that's like saying land's cheap on Mars. Price doesn't matter much if the product isn't available. Like a lot of institutions that rely on tax dollars, California's community college system has been hit hard. And that means students suffer. They're getting less for more. Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to increase student fees by $10 per unit, from $26 to $36. That would raise $110 million to partly offset a $400-million state funding cut Brown advocates for community colleges, leaving them with $3.6 billion in state money, a 10% trim.
December 27, 2010 | By Erwin Chemerinsky
The proposals for the University of California now being considered in Sacramento ? limiting tuition and fees, freezing executive and faculty salaries and increasing legislative control over the UCs ? are well intentioned. But they are a recipe for ruining a great public university system. A public university has only three choices: It can be subsidized by the state, it can raise tuition and fees to make up needed revenue, or it can be mediocre. Without adequate revenue, faculties will shrink, meaning fewer and larger classes; the quality of faculty teaching and research will diminish; programs and facilities will be inadequate for education.
December 17, 2010
Some legislators in Sacramento think they've done such a fine job with the state budget that now they should take over operations at the University of California and California State University. No thanks. We were as unhappy as anyone when the two public education systems accepted the Legislature's largesse ? their budgets received significant increases while most other state services were cut ? and then turned around and raised student fees. And yes, they could and should be doing more to rein in expenses at the executive level and elsewhere.
December 16, 2010 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
Angered by years of student fee hikes at California's public universities and colleges, lawmakers are pursuing legislation that would give them broad new powers over how the higher education systems spend taxpayer money. The proposals include measures to limit student fees, freeze executive compensation and increase budget transparency, and even a constitutional amendment that would strip the University of California of its historic autonomy. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed several such proposals, but legislative leaders, faculty and student groups and labor unions are hoping for an ally in Gov.-elect Jerry Brown, who investigated fundraising practices at the California State University in his current job as attorney general.
December 10, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
In the biggest test so far of Britain's coalition government, a divided Parliament voted Thursday to nearly triple the amount that universities can charge for tuition, despite the wrath of thousands of student protesters who organized marches and sit-ins across the country. Demonstrations outside the Houses of Parliament turned violent as lawmakers debated the measure for several hours. Protesters attacked government buildings and hurled flares and billiard balls at police officers in riot gear and on horseback.
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