In Long Beach, California, the state university system is dealing with the aftermath of violent protests. Last night, students clashed with police outside a Cal State board of trustees meeting, where officials were voting to increase annual tuition fees by 9% in an effort to deal with state budget cuts. Protesters shattered a glass door, sending one police officer to the hospital. The tuition hike is the 9th increase for Cal State students in less than 10 years. It’s not just students getting in on the act, either. Today, hundreds of faculty members are planning to strike at 2 campuses to protest the university’s decision not to pay negotiated pay raises. The school system says it doesn’t have the money, after losing more than $650 million in state support just this year. This will be the first faculty walkout in the history of the 23-campus system.
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