The former Los Angeles mayor proposed young people work in service jobs for a year in exchange for later receiving grants for tuition and books at state colleges and universities. He also pushes for new campuses to serve the Central Valley.
The Cal State system drops its plan to raise tuition by $228 to $5,970 for California undergraduates. Praising that freeze, Legislature leaders say they will seek to provide the university more state money.
A federally funded pilot program is bringing college and financial aid counseling to low-income students who live in public housing projects in nine cities, including Los Angeles. Whether it expands nationwide depends on results and funding.
While many districts favor a hands-off approach focused on safety as they prepare for the nationwide protest on March 14 — in which students throughout the country will walk out of class to advocate for gun control — some see it as a teachable moment.
A report by the Campaign for College Opportunity urges that the percentages of minority and women faculty and campus leaders reflect the ratios in the student bodies at California's public colleges and universities.