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High School Students Push Free College Tuition Ballot Measure

Get good grades and your UC or CSU tuition would be free. That’s the thinking behind an initiative high school students in Oakland are working to qualify for the California ballot. Oakland Unity Senior Jocelyn Sanchez is one of the students gathering signatures. She says it started as a class project, but grew into something more. “The reality is we probably won’t get on the ballot, but we’re trying, and we’re trying to set an example. Trying to like, basically start a revolution. We’re trying to raise awareness that we believe that Californian higher educations would be free."

Under the measure, California resident college students would get free tuition and fees, as long as they maintained a 2.7 GPA or did 70 hours of community service a year. The benefit would be paid for by a new, higher income tax on Californians making more than $250,000 a year.

Sanchez says they need about one million signatures by June. So far they have about 2,000.

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Dothscribble | April 4, 2012 at 6:34 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Her definition of free was the terribly corrupted USSR where Everyone (kid yourself not) was broke; They were FREE of all the choices that money provides.
Embellishing our illegal alien magnet with this heavily taxing idea would in this case make higher education for citizens pointless due to being outnumbered by more pregnant and plundering illegal first-class residents.
They'd be crazy not to wreak further havoc on 'Silly Sam's economy encouraged by this very likely foreign effort. 'Bankrupt your foe first' is sound military tact.

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