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All three heads of higher education lobby governor to budget more for schools

Jack Scott, California Community Colleges

Tami Abdollah / KPCC

California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott talks about the impact of the state's budget crisis on the nation's largest higher education system.

The heads of California’s three higher education systems all are lobbying Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers to change their budget priorities.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott joined the UC president and CSU chancellor at the Capitol on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, we are experiencing almost death by 1,000 cuts," Scott summed up. "So we want to make our case very clear to the legislature and to the governor.  We want them to realize that the future of California is at stake."

CSU Chancellor Charles Reed says the state should put $100 million of anticipated savings in California’s prison system into higher education instead.

All three leaders are urging voters to approve the governor’s proposed November tax initiative. If it fails, they say they might be forced to raise tuition, reduce enrollment or cut courses.

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