CSU raises tuition 9% amid student protests
November 17, 2011
California State University trustees voted to raise tuition by 9 percent on Wednesday, while outside the system’s Long Beach headquarters CSU police violently clashed with protesters. [SanFranciscoChronicle]
Police used pepper spray on student protesters. In the end, a glass entry door was shattered, one officer was hospitalized and police had arrested four protesters.
The trustees voted to raise tuition for the second time this year in a room by themselves after exiting the main meeting room where protesters had disrupted the proceeding. CSU officials said they can conduct business outside the meeting room as long as non-disruptive members of the public can attend.
However, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a trustee, said the “decision should be canceled and taken up again at a special meeting next month,” the Chronicle said.
“This issue is simply too important to not allow for a full and thorough public discussion,” he said to the Chronicle.
Tuition costs have tripled since what it cost in 2002-2003. Next fall, tuition and fees will run an average of $7,017.