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Students across U.S. protest over college funding, tuition increases

March 5, 2010

Anger over increasing tuition and budget cuts boiled over as students across the country staged rowdy demonstrations that led to clashes with police and the rush-hour shutdown of a major freeway in California on March 4.

Faced with plunging tax revenue and massive budget shortfalls, states have slashed funding to K-12 schools, community colleges and universities. In response, many colleges have canceled classes, furloughed instructors, and raised tuition.

 At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police arrested at least 15 people protesting tuition hikes after demonstrators tried to enter an administrative building to deliver petitions to the chancellor.

In California, protesters from the University of California, Berkeley, walked onto Interstate 880 near downtown Oakland just before 5 p.m., forcing the closure of the freeway in both directions for more than an hour and causing traffic to back up for miles. Police arrested more than 150 people.

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