FROM Michele Siqueiros
UC and Governor Brown: the Battle Continues While student protesters were shouting, the UC Board of Regents today confirmed yesterday’s committee vote, approving tuition hikes of as much as five percent a year for the next five years. The vote was 14 to seven, with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Assembly Speaker and Superintendent of Public Instruction — all elected officials — voting “no.”
Out-of-State Students Increasing UC Presence Despite new taxes for education passed by the voters in 2012, the University of California’s getting just half the state money it did a decade ago. One way to make up the difference: admit more students from other states and countries, because they pay three times more in tuition than Californians. But that means more competition for home-grown kids — even when they’re highly qualified.
Students Taking Longer to Earn Degrees from Community Colleges In the 1960s, California made a pledge to its young people: if you wanted a college education, you could get one, starting with Community College. Today the state’s 112 Community Colleges, with 2.1 million students, makes up the largest higher education system in the county. But that half-century long promise is in trouble. A new report finds students are taking longer to get both their Associate and Bachelor’s degrees, and that means college is getting more expensive.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?