November 16, 2011
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson
Issues Statement on CSU Student Fees
LONG BEACH—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today regarding his opposition to raising fees for students attending California State University campuses:
"Fee increases should be our very last resort, not our first option. And yet for the last decade, fees have marched steadily upward, shifting the Legislature's failure to support our state universities onto the backs of our students and their families.
"It's time to recognize that our students and our state are in crisis, and we need talented college graduates to bring California's economy back. This proposal takes us in the wrong direction at the worst possible time."
Torlakson serves on the California State University Board of Trustees, which met today.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100