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UC Regents will rally at state Capitol with students, faculty to oppose education cuts

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An exterior of the state capitol building in Sacramento, California.

The UC Board of Regents plan to rally on the steps of the state Capitol alongside students, faculty and other supporters in May to oppose education budget cuts, officials said today.

The regents are meeting today and Thursday at UC Riverside. The Board of Regents chair Sherrry Lansing made the announcement this morning, building on a promise made at the UC Regents at their meeting at UCLA in November. That was when students upset over rising tuition fees and campus violence against protesters converged on the regents as they met via teleconference and broke up their meetings.

The 10-campus system was hit with $750 million in budget cuts in 2011 — roughly a 25 percent reduction from the previous year — and faces another possible $200 million in cuts in 2012. UC has had to cut programs, raise tuition fees, and worked to attract students from out-of-state and abroad to try and make up the revenue.

Tuition fees have sharply increased by roughly 57 percent since the 2007-8 academic year, when it cost $7,734 to go to a UC school and now costs $12,192 this year.

Lansing has met with students at UCLA and UC San Diego since December. She is meeting this week with students at UC Riverside. UC Berkeley will be up next, with the goal to meet with students at every campus.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@LATams).

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