City University of New York votes to raise tuition
Published Jul 30, 2011 6:48 AM
As WW goes to press, three students won a temporary restraining order
against CUNY prohibiting it from raising tuition because the Board of Trustees
didn’t follow proper rules in its vote. More details to come in an
In June, as part of the budget deal worked out by the Democratic Governor
Andrew Cuomo, the state legislature passed a bill allowing City University of
New York and State University of New York to raise their tuition by $300 a year
for the next 5 years. These hikes, which really should be considered a new
education tax, will affect over 600,000 students, the vast majority of which
are the daughters, sons or members of the working class.
CUNY had already raised its tuition by 10 percent in the 2009-10 school
Because of its charter, CUNY’s Board of Trustees had to implement the
tuition hike that the legislature authorized. It held a public comment session
July 20 on its resolution to raise tuition before an executive session July
Even though these hearings were held in the middle of the summer in the midst
of a heat wave, with many students and faculty members gone, there were still
New York City Council member Charles Barron denounced the raise in a fiery
speech that ignored the BoT’s three-minute limit.
Anthony Gronowicz, an adjunct faculty member at Manhattan Community College and
a Green Party activist, pointed out “Tuition is a tax that did not exist
in City University from 1847 through 1975. When CUNY was free for those 128
years, it provided an avenue for many, including our esteemed Chancellor,
[Matthew Goldstein-WW] to advance themselves. Continuing to raise tuition for
our students, some of whom have to choose between a Metro card and lunch, is to
deny them the opportunity for a higher education.” (Professional Staff
Congress list serve)
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