The House of Commons' education committee is weighing a proposal that would increase university fees for more affluent students, a report says. The measure is facing stiff opposition from some Labour party MPs.
The University of California and California State University systems are considering raising state fees for the sixth time in seven years, which would more than double what the schools' students were paying in 2001. "UC seems to be only for the wealthy," remarked Lisa Chen, 20, a student at the University of California-San Diego. "People are dropping out who can't afford it and it's homogenizing our education."
The British Columbia teachers union, still unhappy that last October's strike didn't achieve the pay and work condition reforms they wanted, could agree to a strike vote by June 30, when their current contact expires. Labor leader Jinny Sims remains hopeful, though, that the union and the province can negotiate a deal this spring.
The recently revamped SAT, which features tougher math problems and a new writing section, may make schools alter their basic curricula, a report says. The new version of the exam is scheduled to be introduced in 2005.