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CSU Statement on Martinez v. Regents of the University of California

The following statement can be attributed to Christine Helwick, general counsel, California State University

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(Nov. 15, 2010) – "The California Supreme Court has upheld California's statute that allows students who have attended a California high school for three years to pay in-state tuition. The Court ruled that the high school attendance requirement does not involve residency, and therefore does not violate the federal immigration laws. This is the same argument that the California State University made in the case and in its implementation of AB 540 because it appropriately expands access and educational opportunities to all legitimate California high school graduates. The CSU continues to advocate that racially and ethnically inclusive college and universities better prepare students for the diverse workplace of the future."


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