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UC officials push plan for steep tuition increases

SAN FRANCISCO – University of California campus police handcuffed and removed 14 demonstrators who interrupted and refused to leave a UC Board of Regents meeting held in San Francisco Wednesday to address the school’s budget crisis.

Union employees had been protesting layoffs, furloughs and other actions taken by UC officials.

University leaders say steep tuition increases are needed to offset unprecedented cuts in state funding and maintain the school’s place among the nation’s top research institutions.

The board, which discussed a proposal to raise student fees by more than 30 percent, is expected to vote on the plan in November.

The proposal calls for a midyear fee increase of 15 percent, followed by another 15 percent next fall.

Undergraduate fees for California residents would rise to more than $10,000.

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