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Thousands protest cuts at California colleges

 Several hundred college students, faculty and staff of the California State University system protest state budget cuts to higher education that coul...
 Thousands of protesters rally at the Michigan Capitol Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Lansing, Mich., against Gov. Rick Snyder's policies, including pr...
 Thousands of protesters rally at the Michigan Capitol Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Lansing, Mich., against Gov. Rick Snyder's policies, including pr...
 Pounding on the temporarily-closed gates of the student administrative center, college students, faculty and staff of the California State University...
 Chanting and pounding on the gates of the temporarily-shuttered student administrative center, as college students, faculty and staff of the Californ...
 College students, faculty and staff of the California State University system protest state budget cuts to higher education that could lead to higher...
 Elaine Nadalin, center, of Costa Mesa, Calif., a junior who says it will take her six years to graduate, joins several hundred college students, facu...
 Thousands of protesters rally at the Michigan Capitol Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Lansing, Mich., against Gov. Rick Snyder's policies, including pr...
 Lincoln Stocks, a teacher at East Detroit High School, speaks to thousands of protesters rallying at the Michigan Capitol Wednesday, April 13, 2011, ...

University Cuts Protests

Several hundred college students, faculty and staff of the California State University system protest state budget cuts to higher education that coul...

Michigan Protests

Thousands of protesters rally at the Michigan Capitol Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Lansing, Mich., against Gov. Rick Snyder's policies, including pr...

Michigan Protests

Thousands of protesters rally at the Michigan Capitol Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Lansing, Mich., against Gov. Rick Snyder's policies, including pr...

University Cuts Protests

Pounding on the temporarily-closed gates of the student administrative center, college students, faculty and staff of the California State University...

University Cuts Protests

Chanting and pounding on the gates of the temporarily-shuttered student administrative center, as college students, faculty and staff of the Californ...

University Cuts Protests

College students, faculty and staff of the California State University system protest state budget cuts to higher education that could lead to higher...

University Cuts Protests

Elaine Nadalin, center, of Costa Mesa, Calif., a junior who says it will take her six years to graduate, joins several hundred college students, facu...

Michigan Protests

Thousands of protesters rally at the Michigan Capitol Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Lansing, Mich., against Gov. Rick Snyder's policies, including pr...

Michigan Protests

Lincoln Stocks, a teacher at East Detroit High School, speaks to thousands of protesters rallying at the Michigan Capitol Wednesday, April 13, 2011, ...

More than 10,000 people marched, waved signs and occupied buildings at university campuses across California on Wednesday in a show of opposition to state budget cuts to education that could lead to higher tuition, larger class sizes and lower enrollment.
The rallies were part of a day of protest planned for all 23 California State University campuses. Similar events took place in states such as Massachusetts and New Jersey, where legislators are slashing education spending to close huge budget shortfalls.
In California, students peacefully occupied administration buildings in protest on at least six campuses, said Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for the California Faculty Association, which worked with students and employees to organize the demonstrations.
He estimated about 12,000 students, faculty members and others participated in the rallies statewide.
In Long Beach, about 800 of those demonstrators marched to the student services administration building _ which had already shut down as a precaution _ carrying signs reading "Education is a right" and "No more greed."
"I'm just mad at the government for funding more for prison and war than for education," said Cecillee Espanol, a 22-year-old psychology major at the university's Long Beach campus, who said she's going to have to get a job next year to cover the cost of her classes.
Another 1,000 people rallied at California State University, Sacramento, including about 100 who occupied a campus building.
Deep budget cuts in California during the height of the recession two years ago led to sharp tuition hikes, employee furloughs, course cutbacks and reduced enrollment at the CSU and University of California systems.
The state restored some of that funding last year. But California's public colleges and universities face another round of painful cuts as Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature seek to close the state's $26.6 billion budget deficit.