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College students protest higher ed budget cuts

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California State University students and faculty are protesting state budget cuts that could lead to higher tuition, larger class sizes and lower enrollment.

More than 100 faculty members, students and staff have occupied a building at the university's Sacramento campus, and about 100 counterparts on the Long Beach campus marched to an administration building that had already been closed down as a precaution.

The Sacramento rally began early Wednesday afternoon with more than 600 protesters, who blamed CSU Chancellor Charles Reed for not doing enough to oppose cuts California lawmakers are using to close the state's $26.6 billion budget deficit. The protestors marched from the school's library quad to an administrative building to present a set of petitions.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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