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.
A few school police departments in California have acquired military armored vehicles, rifles and grenade launchers. That's spawned a new bill in the state Legislature. The bill faces its first committee vote Wednesday.
California schools can start administering the state’s new standardized tests to students. The new math and English language tests use computers and open-ended critical thinking questions – rather than the old “Scantron” bubble multiple-choice tests.
Thousands of juvenile salmon are now swimming down the Sacramento River. They're twice as big as other salmon hatched at the same time after spending the last month hanging out in a Yolo County rice field.
A shortage of teachers in Washoe County has forced the school district to fill vacant positions with more substitute teachers. That is reducing the pool of available substitutes for short-term assignments.
University of California students are getting at least a temporary reprieve from tuition increases scheduled to take effect in the coming academic year.