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April 3, 2023

USG advocates for CUNY students

State officials will be voting on the proposals for Fiscal Year 2024, administered by Gov. Kathy Hochul, on April 1. The governor has shared plans to increase CUNY tuition by about $144-$424 per semester. The Undergraduate Student Government finds this change unacceptable, especially considering the skyrocketing cost of living for…

March 31, 2023

Op-Ed from State Sen. Iwen Chu: The Fight for a Better and More Affordable CUNY System is Personal for Me

The City University of New York provides a quality education that’s accessible to working New Yorkers from diverse backgrounds. I came to this country 18 years ago to earn a Masters degree in Sociology from CUNY Brooklyn College. Like so many students, I looked for a college with a top-notch…

March 30, 2023

Opinion: We’re NYC High School Students. We Want a New Deal for CUNY

“CUNY matters, education matters, youth voices matter. We are already worrying about the climate crisis, systemic racism, homophobic and transphobic policies, and more. Please take one thing to worry about off of our list.”

March 29, 2023

FL university system imposes 5-year tenure review; profs, other advocates criticize the change

Florida’s state university system is making major changes to long-time tenure protections, meaning that established professors would have to undergo a review every five years to determine the faculty members’ “productivity.” However, Florida-based professors and other advocates say that the new rule, approved by the Florida Board of Governors Wednesday,…

March 29, 2023

Unions join chorus of ‘good cause’ backers

With just days before the budget deadline, tenant advocates are doubling down on their push for “good cause” eviction. In a new letter to state leaders shared exclusively to City & State, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and the United Federation of Teachers added their voices to the…

March 27, 2023

Tuition hikes at some SUNY campuses could reach 9% under Gov. Hochul proposal

Tuition hikes at several of the most competitive State University of New York campuses could grow by 9% each year, thanks to a loophole in Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to fund public higher education. Language in the executive budget bills authorizes raising in-state tuition by an “additional” 6% at four…

March 27, 2023

Students Lead March Across Brooklyn Bridge For New Deal For CUNY

CUNY student leaders led a march on Sunday, March 19, calling for state officials to fund the New Deal for CUNY, a bill that aims to make the university tuition-free and more equipped with mental health counseling. It would also increase salaries for adjunct professors, among other demands. Students from the University…

March 27, 2023

The True Cost of Tuition Hikes on SUNY & CUNY Students

Tuition increases would hit the CUNY system as it faces a hiring freeze and $175million in cuts — five to six% of its total budget — in fiscal year 2024, potentiallydecreasing enrollment...

March 26, 2023

Stop the Hike!

As the state budget draws near, students of CUNY and SUNY are now facing a new dilemma for the next year: a raise in tuition costs. Governor Kathy Hochul has recently announced a three percent tuition increase for in-state tuition of both CUNY and SUNY schools. The proposal, included in…

March 25, 2023

Keeping supplemental Medicare plan would still yield savings, expert says

Contrary to city officials’ contentions, giving municipal retirees the option to keep their preferred, premium-free health-care benefits would yield substantial cost-savings for the city, a policy expert is arguing. According to calculations by Barbara Caress, a health-policy professor at Baruch College, the city would realize nearly $350 million in health-care…

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