How the DREAM Act may be a mirage

Assembly Bill 131, the second half of the so-called “DREAM Act,” is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Despite its name, it offers little more than a mirage to the students it promises to help and a nightmare to the citizens whose hard-earned dollars will be used to fund
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Students to present postcards in support of DREAM Act to governor

Over 11,000 cards signed by students

UC student leaders will team today with students from CSUs and community colleges to present Gov. Jerry Brown’s staff 11,309 postcards urging him to sign the second part of the California DREAM Act into law. In addition to the presentation of the postcards, UC Student Association President Claudia Magana, Assemblymember Gil
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Demonstrators protest during a march for immigrant rights down streets in the Berkeley area on May 1, 2009.

Second part of DREAM Act passes Senate vote

The second half of the California DREAM Act — which would allow undocumented students access to state financial aid — passed the state Senate Wednesday by a vote of 22 to 11. AB 131, authored by Assemblymember Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, will go back to the Assembly for a concurrence
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Supporters of the DREAM Act, pictured here in a September 2010 protest promoting the act, are now beginning to see results with Gov. Jerry Brown signing part one of the act, AB 130, into law Monday.

Brown signs first part of state DREAM Act into law

Gov. Jerry Brown signed one part of the California DREAM Act — which will provide increased financial aid for undocumented students — into law Monday at a town hall hosted by the bill’s author. AB 130 — which was authored by state Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo, D-Los Angeles — was passed
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STATE LEGISLATORS PASS BUDGET PLAN, UC CUTS TOTAL $650 MILLION

After months of debate, state legislators voted late Tuesday night to pass a budget package, which brings a total $650 million cut — and a likely tuition increase — to the University of California as part of a solution to address California’s remaining $9.6 billion budget deficit. The package, which
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UC, CSU face $150 million cut each in Democrat budget proposal

Gov. Jerry Brown joined state Democratic leaders Monday afternoon to announce that they have agreed on a newly revised budget plan — which includes an additional $150 million cut each to the University of California and California State University systems, bringing the total cuts for each system to $650 million
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State Controller withholds legislative pay

State Controller John Chiang announced Tuesday that his office’s review of the state budget passed by the Democratic state legislature and vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week determined the budget’s spending plan was not balanced and incomplete, thereby forfeiting legislative pay. Under Proposition 25, which was approved by voters
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Sitting on the sideline

STATE ISSUES: While we are happy that the governor vetoed cuts to the university, we are upset at our EAVP’s absence.

Issuing the first veto of a state budget in California’s history, Gov. Jerry Brown’s rejection of the proposed state budget Thursday underscores the continuing threat that cuts pose to public education. The spending plan included $150 million in additional cuts to the University of California and the California State University
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