...Whitman and Brown agree that higher education needs more money.
Whitman says she would get $1 billion from cuts to welfare and other reforms and would look to college officials on how to best spend those funds. Brown says he’d shift spending from prisons.
Brown also proposes a new Master Plan, the long-ignored 1960 document that defined the roles of the UC, CSU and community college systems and promised a tuition-free education for all Californians. He would emphasize online classes to expand access to education, he says, and would ease the transfer process from community colleges to UC or CSU.
Brown has said qualified students should be allowed to attend state universities regardless of immigration status. In fact, during a recent appearance at UCLA, he said that "would be one of the first bills I'd sign."
Whitman is strongly opposed to illegal immigrants attending state-funded institutions. Last month, she told the San Jose Mercury News editorial board: “I think at some point, you need to draw a line in the sand and say, 'We can't afford to do everything for everybody.'''