'Occupy U of Michigan' Protesters Slam Tuition Increases

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Demanding "instruction, not construction," demonstrators on Thursday interrupted a University of Michigan board meeting to protest tuition rates they say make higher education inaccessible.

About 20 "Occupy U-M" protesters stood before the Board of Regents to condemn the university for raising tuition while committing money to capital improvement projects. The demonstrators' protest was brief and peaceful.

Protesters read from a letter saying U-M tuition has increased 233 percent since 1990 to about $12,000 a year for in-state undergraduates. They called on regents to be more accountable "to the public you are privileged to serve."

"In raising tuition to such outrageous heights, you have ensured that education is no longer a service for the public good," the statement read.

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