Cal State trustees vote to raise tuition by 9% for 2012
At a meeting in Long Beach marked by violent disruptions, the California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted narrowly to increase annual tuition by 9%, or $500, for next fall. With the increase, annual tuition for undergraduates will rise to just under $6,000.
The 9 to 6 vote was taken behind closed doors and out of public view after police removed chanting, whistle-blowing protesters from the meeting room. Several protesters were taken into custody after a group tried to storm the meeting room, shattering a glass door.
The vote comes as students, faculty and labor groups have intensified pressure on University of California and Cal State leaders to oppose further fee hikes and education cuts.
Students and members of the group ReFund California tried to storm the front door and police released tear gas to push them back. Several protesters were handcuffed and arrested.
-- Carla Rivera in Long Beach
Photo: Protesters were ejected from the CSU board of trustees meeting Wednesday in Long Beach as they shouted down the trustees. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times