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March 12, 2022

State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who heads the Senate Budget Committee, said several ideas to fix the problem were vetted, including setting a fall enrollment target for Berkeley above the court-ordered level.

But that ran into issues over the autonomy of the UC and judicial systems, she said, and would not address the broader possibility that the court ruling on enrollment could potentially be used to force reductions in the California State University and California Community Colleges systems.

March 12, 2022

State lawmakers introduced legislation today that would toss out a judge’s ruling that UC Berkeley must curtail enrollment for the fall. The bill, introduced simultaneously in the Assembly and Senate budget committees, is on a fast track and could be passed as early as Monday, which would allow Cal to send out as many offers of admissions as it likes by its March 24 deadline.

State Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who chairs the Senate budget committee, said the legislation, which she helped craft, would correct a terrible wrong.

March 12, 2022

State Senate Budget Committee Chair Nancy Skinner praised the bills’ efforts to spare students from becoming the collateral damage of an environmental law.

“It was never the intent of the legislature for students to be viewed as environmental pollutants,” Skinner said in a statement. “This legislative agreement ensures that California environmental law does not treat student enrollment differently than any other component contained in our UC, CSU or Community College long-range development plans.”

 

March 12, 2022

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, chair of the Senate’s budget committee, said in a statement that it was “never the intent of the Legislature for students to be viewed as environmental pollutants” and said it would be against the state’s priorities to reduce enrollment at Berkeley.

“Jeopardizing the future of more than 2,600 students who earned a place at Cal is contrary to California’s longstanding priority to give more students, not fewer, the opportunity to benefit from our public universities and colleges,” Skinner said.

 

March 12, 2022

State Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who chairs the Senate budget committee, said the legislation, which she helped craft, would correct a terrible wrong.

"Jeopardizing the future of more than 2,600 students who earned a place at Cal is contrary to California’s longstanding priority to give more students, not fewer, the opportunity to benefit from our public universities and colleges," said Skinner. "It was never the intent of the Legislature for students to be viewed as environmental pollutants."

 

March 12, 2022

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, said in a statement that jeopardizing the future of more than 2,600 students who earned their place at the university is contrary to California’s priority to give more students access to higher education.