Grassroots ballot initiative set to make California colleges free
by Ramon Solis
Higher education in California just might be easier to reach. A group of high school students from two Oakland high schools have started a ballot initiative to make undergraduate tuition free at the University of California and the California State University. To qualify, undergraduate students must maintain at least a 2.7 GPA or commit 70 hours of community service.
The initiative would increase taxes on those making $250,000 or more from 9.3 to 10 percent. Taxes on those making over $500,000 would also increase from 9.3 to 11 percent.