Left Out of CSU: Minority, Low-Income Students

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The California State University (CSU) system just announced that it won't accept new students for the spring 2013 semester. This means that almost 16,000 students who normally wait to transfer from a community college will be unable to attend one of CSU's 23 campuses.

An editorial in La Opinión asks: What will be the fate of these students, who are usually minorities or low-income students?

"No one knows," editors write. "What is for sure is that cutting, or in the best of cases postponing their education, is unacceptable. And if in November, voters do not approve a ballot initiative to raise taxes, university officials have warned that between 20,000 and 25,000 students could be impacted in the 2013–14 school year.

"This is a terrible possibility," editors write, and is "just as bad as reducing the school calendar and cutting available course subjects in the Los Angeles Unified School District's K–12 schools."