UC Regents Approve Tuition Hike Despite Opposition, Protests

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Over the din of students chanting protest slogans, the University of California regents on Thursday voted 14-7 to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years.

As about 25 students in the meeting room yelled “Hey, hey, ho, ho, tuition hikes have got to go," the actual voice vote of the regents could not be heard by the public.

The vote for the increases sets up months of negotiations and political posturing before a final tuition-percentage increase is chosen. UC officials say the hike can be eliminated or moderated if state funding increases enough.

The opposing votes were cast by Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, student regent Sadia Saifuddin and two new regents appointed by Brown earlier this week, former Assembly Speaker John Perez and Long Beach City College President Eloy Ortiz Oakley.

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