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College student protest in Albany Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
College student protest in Albany Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Students rally for SUNY, CUNY

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Protesters say 33 students and Occupy Albany activists have been released without injury or incident, following their arrests at the state Capitol Monday. Nearly 400 college and university students from around New York, from the SUNY and CUNY systems, gathered for the rally in Albany.

The students said they were rallying against rising tuition costs and said those increases are pushing them into debt. They want the state to restore funding to public universities. They also said the quality and variety of education are decreasing in New York.

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Karen DeWitt
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Protesters say 33 students and Occupy Albany activists have been released without injury or incident, following their arrests at the state Capitol yesterday (Monday).

 

Nearly 400 college and university students from around New York – from the SUNY and CUNY systems --  gathered for the rally in Albany.

They chanted in the hallway outside of Governor Cuomo’s office, and  protested loudly through the Legislature's session from before noon thorough the afternoon.

The students said they were rallying against rising tuition costs – and said those increases are pushing them into debt.

They want the state to restore funding to public universities.

They also said the quality and variety of education are decreasing in New York. 

State support of SUNY and CUNY has been cut up to 30 percent in the last three years.

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