Napolitano says statements at last week’s Board of Regents’ meeting about the possibility of lifting the UC tuition freeze have been overblown and there will be no fee increase forthcoming.
“We want to keep tuition as low and predictable as possible and it is frozen through the 14-15 school year,” says Napolitano.
Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposes spending $142 million on higher education, which is a five percent spending increase. The proposal is dependent on the tuition freeze staying in place.
Napolitano said the state can and should do more for colleges and universities. But, she says if that doesn’t happen, the UC will look for more donations from the private sector to make up for some of the 30 percent of state cuts to higher education during the Great Recession.
She says the UC’s two biggest costs are retiree health benefits and pensions and capital improvements at campuses and medical centers.
UPDATE, July 12, 4:27 p.m.: A bill that would have allowed California school districts to add another year of probation to teachers before extending tenure will not become law this year.
The California Community College system is out with an online video targeting Dream Act students. Those are students who have been in California for at least three years and graduated from a California High School.
For decades, California kids have been building replicas of historic Spanish missions as part of the fourth-grade curriculum. But Native American community activists say the missions exploited indigenous people...and they want the project banned.
California's high school graduation rates rose for the seventh consecutive year according to data released by the state Department of Education.
After Encina Prep was flagged as a failing school, teachers and administrators re-designed the entire school day around a model known as Advocacy. Five years later, teachers say they see a stronger school community. But test scores remain flat.