UC Berkeley Can Enroll Thousands More Students As Gov. Signs New Legislation

University of California, Berkeley will no longer have to slash its student admissions for the fall after legislators swiftly passed a bill to nullify the effects of a local lawsuit.

“I’m grateful to the Legislature for moving quickly on this critical issue — it sends a clear signal that California won’t let lawsuits get in the way of the education and dreams of thousands of students, our future leaders and innovators,” Newsom said in a statement, noting that the lawsuit and court orders would have been “disproportionately impacting students from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds.”

A series of court rulings in recent months had gone in favor of local group Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods, which sued the school over its expansion plans, arguing that enrolling more UC Berkeley students would result in a negative impact on local housing prices and other environmental issues.

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