FROM Nanette Asimov
Criticism of Israel: When Does Free Speech Become Anti-Semitism The so-called BDS movement — to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel — has growing support on college campuses, especially since last year's conflict in Gaza. On all campuses of the University of California there have been verbal clashes. Harsh rhetoric has led to accusations of anti-Semitism, and now a group rabbis, faculty and alumni are making demands on the Board of Regents.
UC Committee Moves Forward with Tuition Hike The new President of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, has said she doesn’t want a “shoot out” with Governor Brown, but they do have “different visions.” Today, those visions were in stark conflict as a committee of UC regents voted to increase tuition over the next five years despite Brown’s opposition.
Occupy Protests and Higher Education The University of California's Board of Regents had canceled meetings just three times, most recently for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, on September 11, 2001 and in 1989 because of the Loma Prieta earthquake. That was until today, when a meeting in San Francisco was cancelled by what UC police called " rogue elements intend on violence and confrontation ." At the campus in Long Beach today, the Cal State University Board of Trustees raised tuition by nine percent and denied faculty raises promised for next year by their current contract.
UC Regents Consider Years of Tuition Increases The University of California once was the nation's leading public institution of higher education, available at a cost any citizen could afford. This year, for the first time, UC gets more money from student tuition than it does from the state; and the Board of Regents is being asked to increase tuition by at least 8- and as much as 16 percent every year until 2016. Nanette Asimov writes about education for the San Francisco Chronicle .
State Budget Cuts Threaten Community College Students The breakdown in state budget talks may mean that as many as 400,000 students could be turned away from California's community colleges next fall. According to Community College Chancellor Jack Scott, the state could cut funding by as much as 10 percent, which he says would be a deep blow to California's economy. Student fees, which are already going up to $36 per unit, could go increase further if a budget compromise is not reached. Nanette Asimov is education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle .
UC Regents Decide on Fee Increase amid Protests On the campus of UCLA today, a committee of the UC Board of Regents approved a 32% increase in student fees. Fourteen protesters were arrested and removed from the committee room while scores of others chanted outside the building. The full Board of Regents is expected to approve the fee increases tomorrow. Meantime, the Cal State University system has seen a 53% increase in applicants over last year, the same time that staff is being cut and fewer courses are being offered---all to save money.
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?