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Last month:

Police arrested and pepper-sprayed University of California students during a violent protest Wednesday over a proposed tuition increase that left four officers injured.

Thirteen people, including 10 UC students, were taken into custody during the demonstration at UC San Francisco, where the Board of Regents was meeting, said campus police Chief Pamela Roskowski.

Tuitions and fees at Universities of California, California State Universities and local community colleges have been going up, up, up every year for over twenty years:

For UC schools, the 8 percent increase would be added to the 32 percent fee increase from earlier this year, changing tuition from an annual amount of approximately $7000, to over $11,000 for the 2010-11 academic year.

It’s a lot worse if you are not a California resident.

This month:

Highest-paid UC execs demand millions in benefits

Three dozen of the University of California’s highest-paid executives are threatening to sue unless UC agrees to spend tens of millions of dollars to dramatically increase retirement benefits for employees earning more than $245,000.


Their demand comes as UC is trying to eliminate a vast, $21.6 billion unfunded pension obligation by reducing benefits for future employees, raising the retirement age, requiring employees to pay more into UC’s pension fund and boosting tuition.

The fatter executive retirement benefits the employees are seeking would add $5.5 million a year to the pension liability, UC has estimated, plus $51 million more to make the changes retroactive to 2007, as the executives are demanding.


They want UC to calculate retirement benefits as a percentage of their entire salaries, instead of the federally instituted limit of $245,000. The difference would be significant for the more than 200 UC employees who currently earn more than $245,000.

Under UC’s formula, which calculates retirement benefits on only the first $245,000 of pay, an employee earning $400,000 a year who retires after 30 years would get a $183,750 annual pension.

Lift the cap, and the pension rises to $300,000.

These greedy assholes aren’t even teachers – they’re administrators.

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  1. Gov.-elect Jerry Brown, state lawmakers and others minced few words Wednesday in condemning high-paid executives at the University of California who are threatening to sue UC unless it spends millions of dollars to increase their pensions.

    “These executives seem very out of touch at a time when the state is contemplating billions of dollars in reductions that will affect people who are far less advantaged,” Brown said.

    He hasn’t even sworn in yet.

  2. And some people wonder why we don’t let universities do all our research since they’re not “for profit.”

  3. Move over Texas:

    In the version of history being taught in some Virginia classrooms, New Orleans began the 1800s as a bustling U.S. harbor (instead of as a Spanish colonial one). The Confederacy included 12 states (instead of 11). And the United States entered World War I in 1916 (instead of in 1917).

  4. I don’t see how they can expect students to have that sort of money.

    That makes me seem stupid I guess. But, I just don’t think it makes sense for us to saddle young people with 100 years worth of student loans before they are old enough to understand what a burden that is.

    • Especially when they graduate and can’t find jobs.

    • California used to be the land of opportunity for a great education for smart kids without much money…

      It sure isn’t that way anymore… a UC education is now the purview of the wealthy.

      • I think it was $25 a semester (maybe a credit hour?) when my mom went to Berkeley. JC was free and City colleges somewhere in the middle.

        Even when I was a kid all supplies and textbooks were furnished without additional fees.

        We were pretty shocked when we had to “pay” for textbooks in Kansas.

  5. My kids are saddled with student loans that they are slowly paying off, however 11K per year is unsupportable for anyone ouside of the banking and marketing community. Do we, as a society want well educated individuals? Education, work and health should be the Number one, two and three priorities of any government. Just my opinion of course, but if one has an educated electorate then the choices they make will be more aligned with looking into the past, assessing the record, and making a decision but critical thinking should be a required course, as well as civics.
    What we have now is an uneducated or in some cases overeducated ignorant populace that looks for easy remedies presented by flimflam men. Elmer Gantry revisited.

  6. Like the student protests in the UK some people forget that higher taxes were paid to cover tuition costs for students. Now the greedy suits want it.

    This is almost as bad as Obama deciding all that payroll tax money we paid into Social Security would be given to his fat cat Wall Street cronies … er … wait a minute …

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