Opposing Massive Tuition Increase On Community College Students

Resolution Number BRG09.09

Opposing Massive Tuition Increase On Community College Students

WHEREAS, California's Master Plan for higher education contemplated that community colleges would offer a free education for Californians from Kindergarten through community college in order to provide an educated workforce and that while straying from that goal (tuition is now $20 a unit), community colleges provide the most cost-effective opportunity for Californians to achieve higher education goals, even while having to withstand huge funding cuts this year and last, making it more difficult to provide access for all Californians; and

WHEREAS, community college students have been hit particularly hard with the current economic crisis and in addition to the tuition are hard pressed to pay for books, transportation, lodging and food while enrolled in classes and previous large increases in tuition have resulted in hundreds of thousands of students being priced out of college; and

WHEREAS, some Republicans in the California legislature have been advocating that community college students be hit with a 200% increase in tuition, to $60 a unit, balancing the budget on the backs of poor and middle class community college students, while at the same time opposing even minor increases in revenue from large corporations;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,
that the California Democratic Party opposes the massive tuition increase plan pushed by some Republican legislators and urges that any increase in tuition be modest and in no event more than the 3% increase; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party communicates this resolution to all Democratic members of the state legislators and constitutional officers, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and urges each Democratic County Central Committee to communicate this resolution to both the Democratic trustees and the student body presidents of the local community college districts.

Submitted by John Hanna (AD 71)

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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