California: Protesters disrupt meeting of California State University Trustees

      Police  used pepper spray as well as batons to disband protesters who were disrupting a meeting of the trustees being held in Long Beach California. Trustees continued their meeting in another room after the protesters had been cleared out. Four students were arrested and damage estimates were $30,000.
     The board in a 9 to 6 vote raised tuition fees by 500 dollars for the fall of 2012. This will bring the annual charges for undergrads to $5,970 but there are further fees that average over another thousand dollars.
    Students, faculty and labor groups have been putting pressure on university officials to stop further fee hikes and cuts to education funding. More protests by students and others are expected at individual campuses throughout this week. For more see this article.


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