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Educate California Ballot Initiative – “Tax to Fund Free State Resident Tuition at UC and CSU”
Oakland Unity High School’s class of 2011, in collaboration with students from Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, recently submitted a proposed initiative to the Attorney Generals office that would provide free tuition for four years to all California residents at UC and CSUs provided that, each academic year he or she 1) maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or performs 70 hours of community service. This initiative would be paid for by increasing the income tax from 9.3% to 10% for individuals making over $250,000 and 11% for individuals making greater than $500,000. This initiative is the result of months of hard work, research, and collaboration on the part of the American Government and Economics students at both schools. This initiative would be a constitutional amendment, so once the initiative has been processed by the Attorney Generals office in the next month, the students will need to collect the signatures of 807,615 registered voters by April 20, 2012. If they are able to do this, their initiative will be on the November 6, 2012 ballot. If you are interested in helping get this initiative on the Nov 2012 ballot or would like to learn more about it, please contact Kara Duros.