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University of California regents expressed an array of concerns Thursday over a controversial proposal to place a 20% systemwide limit on enrollment of undergraduates from other states and countries.

Regent Sherry Lansing fretted that the limit could deprive campuses with fewer out-of-state students of future opportunities to attract them and the extra tuition dollars they bring. Regent Eloy Ortiz Oakley said UC should first make a better case to the state about its funding needs, and Regent Gareth Elliott rejected adopting any policy at all.

But UC President Janet Napolitano reminded regents that state lawmakers won't release $18.5 million in additional funding until a limit is set. 

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California's new color-coded school ratings look like Trivial Pursuit pieces. Someone baked them up Wednesday for the launch. 

Because red is supposed to be the worst color on the Dashboard, we have some questions. Did anyone eat the red cookies? Do they taste the worst? Did the yellow ones taste average?

You can play around with the California School Dashboard here. Tell us what you think about the new tool — or about your education-themed baking projects.

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Carol T. Christ, the newly appointed chancellor of UC Berkeley, said Thursday she will focus on a multimillion-dollar budget deficit, the student housing crunch and undergraduate education to help the renowned public research university through its worst difficulties in 50 years.

Christ, who currently serves as Berkeley's executive vice chancellor and provost, spoke to reporters after University of California regents unanimously approved her selection at their meeting in San Francisco.

Christ, 72, will take the helm July 1, succeeding Nicholas Dirks, who announced his resignation last year following widespread criticism over his handling of sexual misconduct scandals, the budget deficit and his leadership style. Christ has been widely hailed by faculty, staff and students for her open, collaborative style. 

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President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visit St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla.
President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visit St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Burbank / TNS)

The Trump administration wants to spend $1.4 billion to expand vouchers, including for private schools, and would pay for it with deep cuts to federal aid to public schools, according to budget documents released Thursday. 

Voucher programs, a favorite cause of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, provide tax funds to families that they can use to pay for tuition at private or religious schools.

The $1.4 billion in the budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 would be the down payment on a program that would be "ramping up to an annual total of $20 billion," the budget says.

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(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Amid rising public concern about college expenses, University of California regents were told Wednesday that the cost of attending UC campuses increased by about $1,100, or 4% last year.

The public university system’s new cost survey found that food, housing and healthcare costs rose, but transportation and book expenses dropped. The survey, conducted last spring at every campus, will be used to set budgets for 2017-18.

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When they unveiled the California School Dashboard on Wednesday, state education officials described it as the most comprehensive way yet to assess the state of California public schools.

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson heralded the website as “a resource unlike anything we’ve ever had before” and “a high-tech report card for our schools.”

But the new color-coded system grades on a curve and paints a far rosier picture in academics than past measurements, a Times analysis found.

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UC President Janet Napolitano
UC President Janet Napolitano (Astrid Riecken / Getty Images)

University of California regents will tackle a host of hot-button issues at their two-day meeting in San Francisco beginning Wednesday, including proposed enrollment limits on students from other states and countries, the rising cost of attendance and the campus housing squeeze.

Regents also will vote to approve the appointment of Carol T. ChristUC Berkeley’s top academic officer who would be the 11th chancellor and first woman to lead the 149-year-old campus.

Board members also will discuss a proposed policy to impose sanctions against regents found to have violated university rules on ethics and sexual misconduct, even outside their university roles.