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The Value of Education: Crisis in the Budget

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The quarter has been bittersweet for José, the AB 540 freshman. Although attending his dream school, he finds himself in a world of financial insecurity. Like thousands across California, he knows that the UC Regents meeting on Nov. 18-19 will impact his future. If the Regents raise fees yet again, this time by 32%, his dream of becoming a doctor will prove more difficult.

The End of Public Education

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Early last summer, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) proposed the Public School Choice plan which will relinquish LAUSD administrative and financial control of over 200 schools. Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines released a statement on Jan. 15 in which he stressed that LAUSD is "encouraging input from all community members who support [their] public schools including parents, guardians, students, teachers and other LAUSD employees."

In Response to the UC Fee Increase

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From his cell, Ibarra recognizes the UC Regents poor choices and California's misaligned priorities in spending, encouraging us to continue taking action against legislators with our power as a voting block. His letter demonstrates a reaction sought by students involved in the protest against UC fee hikes.

Rallying for Education

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The two day protest at the University of California Regents (UC Regents) meeting demonstrated a state-wide solidarity against fee hikes in California’s universities. Zealous students and staff stood together outside Covel Commons holding signs with expressions such as “Bail Out Education” and “Regents: Happy Thanks-Taking.”

First Day of UC Protest against Fees Increase

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Students from all of the University of California system, came together to protest the tuition hikes and fee increase The UC Regents passed Nov. 19. The footage was filmed Nov. 18, before the decision was made and showcases the willpower of the students.

Highlights of Nov. 19 UC Protest

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Over a two day period, UC students came to UCLA to protest at the UC Regents meeting which took place at Covel Commons.

Reconnecting Broken Links

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Family Tracing Services is provided by the Red Cross free of charge to anybody in the U.S. looking for a close relative in another country.

Repainting History at the Los Angeles River

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Now that the Great Wall is losing its brilliant colors, Judy Baca brings new and past muralists - including UCLA students - to restore what is now part of the history of Los Angeles.

DREAMers: Taking the Reins of their Cause

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - One group that has changed dramatically since past immigration battles - with help from the growing influence of social networking - are the so-called “DREAMers”: undocumented youth who would benefit from the proposed DREAM Act. The act would form part of a plan for comprehensive immigration reform, and has also been proposed as an independent bill.

The Cookie Village Peeps

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Anyone who has been in the Westwood Village area knows about the special dessert comprised of a large scoop of Dreyer’s ice cream sandwiched between your choice of freshly baked cookies.