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68 People Arrested While Protesting Tuition Hikes In California

The domestic budget cuts that Mitt Romney and other Republicans are pushing for have consequences, especially for young Americans who are just starting to achieve independent adulthood. They’re seeking education to improve themselves, and when young people improve themselves, our whole society benefits. However, the budget cuts pushed through by Republican politicians are stripping money out of education at every level.

student demonstrators in sacramentoWhat results isn’t increased efficiency. What results is students kicked out of school because they can’t afford it.

Tuition at state universities in California has doubled over the last five years. At the same time, jobs available for students to work at to help them get through school have dwindled, and the jobs available to them upon graduation have become smaller in number as well. Those who can afford it least are being asked to pay more, because universities are being defunded.

Alternative budget remedies are available, but students make an easy target because they don’t have the money to make big campaign donations. Cuts to university education are being made so that wealthy Americans can avoid paying their fair share in taxes, and so that military contractors can keep their pork barrel projects moving forward.

Yesterday, huge numbers of students marched on the California state capitol in an Occupy Education protest, asking for an end to tuition increases. They were met by police in riot gear. 68 of the protesters were hauled off to jail.

If you can’t afford to go to school, you can always go to prison.

17 comments to 68 People Arrested While Protesting Tuition Hikes In California

  • Tom

    They should show the institutions who has the power by DROPPING OUT next semester en mass, which would effectively put all those high paid administrators out of a job and close down hundreds of colleges. That would get their attention and maybe they’d lower their tuitions and take pay cuts like everyone else in Austerity America.

  • peace&liberty

    All that would do is make students be forced to pay their loans back immediately!. Its no accident that college loans are the only loans you cannot liquidate through bankruptcy. ITS A SCAM….. The REAL way to lower tuition costs is STOP SUBSIDIZING college. It distorts the costs when its based on so much debt that the price has no choice but to rise, also, when the currency is collapsing… prices tend to rise in ALL sectors as well, not just education.

  • Bill

    When I entered the UC system as an undergraduate in 1976, annual resident tuition + fees were $650 (equivalent to $2,600 in 2012 dollars). The the heavily taxpayer-subsidized California higher education system (UC plus the state college system plus the junior college system) was the envy of the world, providing superb education at all levels and driving the economic powerhouse which was the California economy for much of the latter half of the 20th century. If you could read and write and you wanted a post-high school certificate or degree you could get one, regardless of your financial situation. A UC degree was a very valuable credential.

    But with every turn of the inevitable ‘economic cycles’, the state government habitually responded to shortfalls by raising tuition AND cutting school budgets, cuts which were never quite made whole during the next equally inevitable economic upturn. As a result, today’s University of California is little more than second-rate by any of a number of metrics, and its high tuition and fees (over $13,000) render it out of reach to perhaps the majority of California students. While $13K is still ‘cheap’ compared to Ivy League tuitions, the quality of education in the UC system has so eroded that a UC degree is nowadays not worth much in the job market; its cost/benefit ratio has plummeted relative to degrees from first-tier schools.

    Don’t blame the administrators. Blame the taxpayers, who came to feel that education was great but somebody else should pay for it, and blame their elected representatives, who were more than happy to promote the notion that there is indeed such a thing as a free lunch…that the citizens of California could have a world-class egalitarian educational system without paying for it. Unfortunately, most of those taxpayers and representatives who are responsible for the destruction are today either comfortably retired or dead, so don’t even waste your time blaming them, either.

    I wish I could go on here by ranting about what is needed to fix the system, but frankly I believe that there is no longer any fixing it; by now, the damage is irreparable. California’s higher education system, and its economy, have both slumped into irreversible mediocrity. The best solution, at the individual level anyway, is to move to a less benighted state.

    • peace&liberty

      i agree with everything you said other than blame the taxpayers…. the majority of taxpayers were unaware that their money was used for higher education subsidies. We can only blame those who accepted the free lunch. Although its very hard not to accept the free lunch, as more people except… it takes more tax dollars and more capital to reach the same goal, which produces the high costs. Also, the system can be fixed through the liquidation of debt and abolishing the subsidies, over time, it would naturally bring costs to their true market value.

  • peace&liberty

    i agree with everything you said other than blame the taxpayers…. the majority of taxpayers were unaware that their money was used for higher education subsidies. We can only blame those who accepted the free lunch. Although its very hard not to accept the free lunch, as more people accept… it takes more tax dollars and more capital to reach the same goal, which produces the high costs. Also, the system can be fixed through the liquidation of debt and abolishing the subsidies, over time, it would naturally bring costs to their true market value.

    • Bill

      Peace&liberty, the “free lunch” I was referring to was the notion that California could have a high-quality higher education system (and the enormous benefits it brings to a state’s economy) without paying for it via tax dollars. I was not referring to the low tuition which my peers and I paid back in the 70′s as a ‘free lunch’. Our grandparents, our parents, and we all paid our California state taxes (which supported the UC system), plus paying our tuition. Then, after graduation, we worked our tails off building our careers and our businesses in California (and, of course, paying taxes on those, too), thus giving back to the state many times what it invested in us through tax-subsidized education. TAX-SUBSIDIZED HIGHER EDUCATION IS NOT A ‘FREE LUNCH’, and more than a tax-subsidized army is. It’s just smart government.

  • “However, the budget cuts pushed through by Republican politicians are stripping money out of education at every level.”

    *cough*, Erm…, this time, it’s the Democrats that are mainly responsible. Yes, Californian Repubs support and vote for these policies as well, but the Democrats have had a virtual strangehold over state politics since…well, since as long as I’ve lived. Brown (D), and Democratic state legislatures (along with that appointed board of regents) are cutting cutting and cutting. Let’s give blame where blame is due :)

    • Stephen Kent Gray

      Yes, California is one of the dozen bluest states in the nation. Hawaii, California, Minnesotta, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhodes Island, and Massachusetts.

      They tend to have budget problems and tend to solve them solely (or sometimes mostly) through tax hikes.

      Also, there will be a windfall of tax revenue in California (without the needs of tax hikes) due to Facebook. Facebook can single handedly fix California’s budget problem with the taxes it will pay on the increase in revenue due to it going public whenever that happens.

  • Stephen Kent Gray

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_colleges_and_universities_in_California

    An exhaustive list of all the colleges and universities in California.

    California State University, University of California, and all of their branches make up all of California’s public higher education institutions.

    There are tons of private institutions they could switch over to:

    * Academy of Art University, San Francisco
    * Allied American University, Laguna Hills (Online)
    * American Heritage University of Southern California, San Bernardino, California
    * American Jewish University, Los Angeles
    * American Sports University, San Bernardino
    * Anaheim University, Anaheim (Online)
    * Antioch University, Culver City
    * Apollos University, Huntington Beach (Online)
    * Argosy University, Alameda
    * Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
    * The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, San Francisco
    * Azusa Pacific University, Azusa
    * Bethany University, Scotts Valley
    * Biola University, La Mirada
    * Brooks Institute, Santa Barbara
    * California Baptist University, Riverside
    * California Coast University, Santa Ana
    * California College of the Arts, San Francisco
    * California College San Diego (CCSD), San Diego
    * California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
    * California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco
    * California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
    * California InterContinental University, Diamond Bar (Online)
    * International Technological University, San Jose, California
    * California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks
    * California Miramar University (formerly Pacific Western University, San Diego
    * California National University, Northridge
    * California Pacific University, Escondido
    * California South Bay University, Sunnyvale
    * California South University, Irvine, California[1]
    * California Southern Law School, Riverside
    * California Southern University, Santa Ana (online)
    * California Takshila University,Santa Clara,California
    * California University of Management and Technology, San Jose
    * California University of Management and Sciences, Anaheim[2]
    * Capital Bible College, Sacramento
    * CapStone University, Pasadena (online)
    * Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Campus, Mountain View
    * Chapman University, Orange
    * Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles
    * Claremont Colleges, Claremont
    o Claremont McKenna College
    o Harvey Mudd College
    o Pitzer College
    o Pomona College
    o Scripps College
    o Claremont Graduate University
    * Cogswell College, Sunnyvale
    * Concordia University Irvine, Irvine
    * Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena
    * Dominican University of California, San Rafael
    * Design Institute of San Diego[3]
    * Epic Bible College (formerly Trinity Life Bible College), Sacramento
    * Fresno Pacific University, Fresno
    * Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena
    * Golden Gate University, San Francisco
    * Herguan University, Sunnyvale
    * Holy Names University, Oakland
    * Hope International University, Fullerton
    * Hult International Business School, San Francisco
    * Humphreys College, Stockton
    * Imago Dei College, Oak Glen
    * John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill
    * John Paul the Great Catholic University, San Diego
    * Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach
    * La Sierra University, Riverside
    * Life Pacific College, San Dimas
    * Lincoln University, Oakland
    * Loma Linda University, Loma Linda
    * Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
    * Master’s College, Newhall
    * Mayfield College, Cathedral City[4]
    * Menlo College, Atherton
    * Mills College, Oakland
    * Monsbey College, Watsonville
    * Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey
    * Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles
    * National Hispanic University, San Jose
    * National University, San Diego (La Jolla, San Diego)
    * NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego
    * New York Film Academy, Universal City
    * Northern Coastal College, Crescent City
    * Northwestern Polytechnic University, Fremont
    * Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont
    * Occidental College, Los Angeles
    * Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
    * Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena
    * Pacific Union College, Angwin
    * Patten College, Oakland
    * Pepperdine University, Malibu
    * Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego
    * San Francisco Institute of Architecture, Berkeley
    * Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga
    * Samuel Merritt University, Oakland
    * San Diego Christian College, El Cajon
    * San Joaquin College of Law, Clovis
    * San Luis Rey College, Oceanside
    * Santa Clara University, Santa Clara
    * Silicon Valley University, San Jose
    * Simpson University, Redding
    * Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo
    * Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles
    * St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga
    * Stanford University, Stanford
    * Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula
    * Trinity International University
    * Touro University, Vallejo
    * Trident University International (TUI), Cypress (Online)
    * University of La Verne, La Verne
    * University of Northern California, Santa Rosa
    * University of Northern California, Lorenzo PatiƱo School of Law, Sacramento
    * University of Redlands, Redlands
    * University of the Pacific, Stockton
    * University of San Diego, San Diego
    * University of San Francisco, San Francisco
    * University of Southern California, Los Angeles
    * University of West Los Angeles
    o Inglewood
    o Woodland Hills
    * University of the West, Rosemead
    * Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa
    * Western Institute for Social Research, Berkeley
    * Westmont College, Santa Barbara
    * Whittier College, Whittier
    * William Howard Taft University, Santa Ana
    * William Jessup University, Rocklin
    * Woodbury University, Burbank

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