[caption id="attachment_26552" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Tuition hikes won't impact students from families who earn less than $70,000 annually, officials say. "]Tuition hikes won't impact students from families who earn less than $70,000 annually, officials say. [/caption]

As protests raged outside, the University of California Board of Regents on Nov. 19 approved a 32-percent fee increase for students attending the state's premier public universities in a dramatic example of how the recession has hit public education hard.

The vote in a windowless University of California, Los Angeles, meeting room took place as hundreds of students and...

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