Thirty-two percent: last time we saw that number, we shut down the campus. Time to do it again! This time around the Cal State system is facing another billion dollars in cuts from the state. According to the Chronicle,
Forced to plan for a possible $1 billion reduction in state funds, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed said Tuesday that the university must consider raising tuition by another 32 percent, as well as shutting off enrollment for next spring.
But these students know what’s up:
The same might be said of student activists, who promised more campus protests if trustees drastically raise tuition while continuing to reduce courses and lay off instructors.
“Our state leaders need to know that cuts have consequences,” said Chavez of the Cal State Student Association.
The last time trustees approved a 32 percent tuition increase, in 2009, students walked out of class, seized buildings and disrupted public meetings.
Given the recent wave of CSU occupations and the 10-15,000 students who marched simultaneously on all 23 Cal State campuses last month, we are confident that resistance is in the works. Solidarity with our comrades at Cal State! This is public education? Fuck your fee hikes!