State lawmakers push for changes to higher education

Dec 2, 2014 1:46 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate are proposing a way to avoid tuition increases at the University of California by directing more money to the system and charging a higher rate to out-of-state students.

The plan released Tuesday by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon focuses on increasing slots at both the UC and California State University systems while improving degree-completion times.

The higher education proposal comes amid rising anger over UC's decision to increase tuition as much as 5 percent each of the next five years unless the state approves more money for the 10-campus system.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins on Monday called for implementing zero-based budgeting for the UC. That process would force the university to justify its spending because its board has resisted efforts to cut costs.

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