College Protest

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College students from across Georgia plan to rally at the state Capitol tomorrow to protest against higher-education budget cuts and tuition increases.

More than a thousand students from every univesity system school are expected to attend the march from Georgia State University in Atlanta to the statehouse. They expect to present a petition for Governor Perdue with thousands more signatures of those opposing the spending cuts.

Perdue told student leaders over the weekend that Georgia's colleges and universities can avoid tuition hikes by absorbing 68 (m) million dollars in state budget cuts through trimming fat and becoming more efficient.

The governor said it was the Board of Regents' idea to propose a midyear tuition increase, which he said he opposed. According to the regents, university system would increase tuition by ten percent and eliminate more than a thousand non-faculty jobs.

Since November 2001, the university system's budget has been cut by 382 (m) million dollars, mainly because of shrinking state revenue.

The regents are scheduled to discuss the tuition increase next week.