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Thousands Protest Rising Tuition at Capitol

Thousands marched on the Capitol Monday in a protest against rising tuition, including many from UC Davis.

Occupiers arrived at UC Davis Sunday night in anticipation of a rally at the capitol on Monday, in which thousands poured into downtown Sacramento. 

They are protesting the rising costs of tuition and asking lawmakers to better fund higher education, which has been hit by budget cuts in recent years, resulting in higher tuition. 

Protestors chanted things like, "Get up, get down, the student movement is in town," and "Tell me what democracy looks like; this is what democracy looks like." 

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Milan Moravec March 07, 2012 at 12:19 AM
UC Berkeley (UCB) pulls back access and affordability to instate Californians. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for public Cal. with a $50,600 payment from born abroad foreign and out of state affluent students. And, foreign and out of state tuition is subsidized in the guise of diversity while instate tuition/fees are doubled. UCB is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau accepts $50,600 foreign students and displaces qualified instate Californians (When depreciation of Calif. funded assets are included (as they should be), out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 + and does NOT subsidize instate tuition). Instate tuition now more expensive than Harvard, Yale. Like Coaches, Chancellors Who Do Not Measure-Up Must Go. More recently, Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police deployed violent baton jabs on Cal. students protesting Birgeneau’s tuition increases. Tough choices must be made: the sky will not fall when Birgeneau and his $450,000 salary are ousted. Opinions make a difference; email UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu
Jennifer Mason Wolfe March 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
As a public school teacher, I am encourage every time I hear people raise their voices in protest against the mess our country is making out of the education system. Keep yelling, loudly!
Justin Cox (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Large groups and loud voices are always the most readily available tools. It's pretty incredible to watch this stuff in action.
Milan Moravec March 07, 2012 at 11:55 PM
question is "So what was the accomplishment?" Tuition lowered, poor performing teachers retirer/fired, better use of higher education tax $ etc UC Berkeley Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) has forgotten he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom. Tuition fee increases exceed national average rate of increase; On an all-in-cost Cal. ranked # 1 most expensive public university; Recruits (using California tax $) out of state & foreign affluent $50,600 tuition students who displace qualified instate applicants from Cal; Spends $7,000,000 + for OE consultants to do the work of his management team (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same at 0 cost); When procuring OE consultants failed to receive alternative proposals; Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for several lectures; Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top 10; QS academic ranking falls below top 10.

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