New Call To Make CUNY Tuition-Free

May 31, 2018 - 1:14 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- There is a renewed push to make the City University of New York tuition-free again, six months after a report was completed by a City Council-commissioned task force.

As WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reported, students and a few staff members joined together on the steps of City Hall Thursday along with city Councilwoman Inez Barron (D-42nd) to call for change. Barron said it is time to invest more in CUNY schools.

"Show your love. Don't just tell us you love it. Don't just tell us that you want to do better, show it. Get involved,” Barron said. “Let's together, prioritize what we're going to do."

Back in December, a task force put together 21 recommendations. They include free tuition, paying adjunct professors more money, hiring more staff, and the need for infrastructure investments.

Steve Breyer is a faculty member at the CUNY Graduate Center and a co-chair on the task force.

"What the mayor needs to do, and what the city needs to do, is demonstrate the political will to go to Albany and really fight like hell to get things changed," Breyer said.

The group wants city, state, and federal lawmakers not only to read the report they worked on, but also enact some of the changes.

A City Hall spokesperson in a statement told WCBS 880, “The Mayor believes that CUNY should be affordable, and we continue to invest to help make that happen despite not having control over the system. In fact, the City will contribute nearly $255 million annually by 2021. We will continue to work with the City Council and State to provide high-quality, affordable education at CUNY.”