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A long-simmering protest movement in California may be on the verge of superseding the state's Occupy actions. It's made up of students who face what seem to be monthly hikes in tuitions and fees charged by California's state colleges and its 10-campus university system. Their protests at the meetings of university regents and trustees are growing larger and louder, as their hopes for a moderately priced higher education evaporate.

A post on the Frying Pan blog by a Santa Monica high school student pretty well sums up the fears and frustrations of young people facing educational and financial turmoil after graduation.

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  •  You can have low tuition... (2+ / 0-)
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    1918, johnny wurster

    ...and a smallish number of students, when it comes to a public university system.  You can have higher tuition and a large number of students.  California has had low tuition--even before adjusting for its higher cost structure for everything--and a large number of students.  It's just not a sustainable model, unless the state both taxesthe wealthy and gives up any hope of accomplishing anything else.  I'm all for that first thing, but not the second one.  Do I think the Regents have gone about things in the right way?  No, but I can't recoil at the prospect of Cal State students paying $6000 per year (of two semesters, I assume) in tuition.  That's very cheap.

    But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

    by Rich in PA on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 11:40:23 AM PST

    •  There are economies of scale so this shouldn't be (0+ / 0-)

      the case. There are two main problems in California:

      1) the GOP in the State Legislature have all signed the Grover Norquist pledge and will vote to block any new taxes, no matter on whom; it only takes 33% voting no to block new taxes because of a regressive provision in the CA constitution. So the richest taxpayers do not contribute their fair share, which could be reallocated to the public colleges and universities.

      2) Overpaid top-level University administrators and too many of them, which wipes out the potential economies of scale that a large university and college system should be able to achieve. On top of this the Cal State University system is cutting faculty salaries at the same time it's raising top administrators' salaries.

      I'm hoping that the parents of Cal and CSU students who are used to voting GOP, folks from So Cal and the Valley, will finally wake up and smell the coffee. If you keep starving government with "no new taxes", you finally start starving yourself and your kids.

      •  There are only economies of scale... (0+ / 0-)

        ...if you think classes of 500 or 1000 all the way through the four years of college are a good thing.

        But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

        by Rich in PA on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 10:25:38 AM PST

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