Student Fee Freeze

 

Resolution 13-04.10

 

WHEREAS, the state's working families who have children attending the state's public colleges and universities have endured significant increases in student fees, creating a financial strain for many Californians as their incomes have not kept pace with these increasing costs, and

WHEREAS, the Regents of the University of California have raised mandatory system wide student fees by 68 percent since the 2007-08 academic year, and over 200 percent in the past decade, and the Trustees of the California State University have raised mandatory system wide student fees by 76 percent since the 2007-08 academic year, and over 242 percent in the past decade, and California Community College fees increased 130 percent increase in five years from $20 a unit in 2008-09 to $46 a unit in 2012-13, and

WHEREAS, the California 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education declared that a tuition-free higher education is in the best interest of the state and should be continued for all California residents and the state has long recognized the value of providing broad access to postsecondary education to the state's diverse residents,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges Governor Brown, the California State Legislature, the Regents of the University of California and the Trustees of the California State University to institute a fee freeze at the levels established in the 2011-12 fiscal year for the next four years, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party communicate this position to Governor Brown, the Democratic members of the State Legislature, the Regents of the University of California, the Trustees of the California State University, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and that the California Democratic Party urges all California Democratic County Central Committees to communicate this position to Democratic elected officials with city, community college, school board and other local agencies within their jurisdiction.

 

Supported by Speaker John A. Perez, 25 DSCC Delegates

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

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