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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?