Our State Legislators Get A+ in College Education

Jan 6, 2012 Full story: Patch.com

California's legislature may have earned an F in budget-setting in recent years, but it's first in the class when it comes to having college degrees.

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Pleasant Hill, CA

#1 Jan 6, 2012
Every qualified California student should get a place in University of California (UC) system. That's a desirable goal for a public university. However, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for education at Cal. with foreigners paying $50,600 tuition.
Paying more is not a better education. UC tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increase. Birgeneau has doubled instate tuition/fees. Birgeneau jeopardizes access to Cal by making it the most expensive public university.
UC President Mark Yudof uses tuition increases to pay for faculty & administrator salary increases. Payoffs like these point to higher operating costs and still higher tuition and taxes. Instate tuition consumes 14% of Cal. Median Family Income. President Yudof is hijacking our families’ and kids’ futures: student debt.
I agree that Yudof and Birgeneau should consider the students' welfare & put it high on their values. Deeds unfortunately do not bear out the students' welfare values of Birgeneau, Regent Chairwoman Lansing and President Yudof.
We must act. Birgeneau’s campus police deployed violent baton jabs on students protesting Birgeneau’s tuition increases. The sky will not fall when Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau ($450,000 salary)‘honorably’ retires.
Opinions to UC Board of Regents, email marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

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