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UC Berkeley students speak out against a proposed tuition increase at a Board of Regents meeting in January.
UC Berkeley students speak out against a proposed tuition increase at a Board of Regents meeting in January. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

University of California students plan to lobby state legislators Tuesday for more state funding in order to avoid a tuition increase in the upcoming academic year. 

Students from UC campuses in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego say they will speak out at an Assembly hearing Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento, demanding that state legislators reinvest in the 10-campus public research system. The state share of per-student funding has plummeted from $19,100 in 1990-91 to about $7,160 in 2016-17, according to UC data. 

Meanwhile tuition and fees have more than tripled over the last 15 years, rising to $12,630 for California students in 2017-18 after the UC Board of Regents approved the first increase in seven years. Regents were set to vote on another increase in January, but pressure by students and some board members led them to put off a decision until May to allow more time to lobby for more state funds.

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Inside the well-worn choir room at Van Nuys High School, a scuffed-up old grand piano rumbles as composer David O pounds out slow, bluesy chords.

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Alysia Evans’ son was 4 in 2013, when a man went on a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, killing five people before officers killed him. Her son was in preschool a few blocks from Santa Monica College, where the attack came to an end.

Alysia Evans’ son was 4 in 2013, when a man went on a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, killing five people before officers killed him. Her son was in preschool a few blocks from Santa Monica College, where the attack came to an end.

A former student opened fire at a South Florida high school Wednesday afternoon, killing 17 people and wounding at least a dozen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland, officials said.

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A former student opened fire at a South Florida high school Wednesday afternoon, killing 17 people and wounding at least a dozen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland, officials said.

Police take a girl into custody after a shooting at Los Angeles' Sal Castro Middle School.
Police take a girl into custody after a shooting at Los Angeles' Sal Castro Middle School. (KTLA-TV)

In and around Los Angeles:

The L.A. Unified board narrowly voted to approve a new three-year benefits package.

A former teacher at L.A.’s Sal Castro Middle School said one of the victims of the recent shooting there still has a bullet lodged in his head.

Police take a girl into custody after a shooting at Los Angeles' Sal Castro Middle School.
Police take a girl into custody after a shooting at Los Angeles' Sal Castro Middle School. (KTLA-TV)

In and around Los Angeles:

The L.A. Unified board narrowly voted to approve a new three-year benefits package.

A former teacher at L.A.’s Sal Castro Middle School said one of the victims of the recent shooting there still has a bullet lodged in his head.

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The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved a three-year benefits package that contains some costs but falls well short of the savings that district officials say is needed to keep the school system solvent.

A boy who was wounded in a shooting at Sal Castro Middle School nearly two weeks ago has been released from a hospital but still has a bullet in his head, his former teacher said.