Budget cuts have forced community colleges across the state to turn away students. So starting this summer, Santa Monica College will offer new sections of popular courses for an average of $540 - four times as high as a regular section. California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott says that two-tiered system raises fears of privatization.
Scott: "When you create an extra course over here and you charge this very high amount of money, then obviously, you're making it very difficult for the student who doesn't have the economic means to take the course to get the course."
Scott also believes it violates the state's education code. So he's asking the California Attorney General's office about that - and a lawsuit could follow … to ensure the state's other community colleges don't try the same thing.
Santa Monica College says it's investigating the pepper-spraying of between 15 and 30 people at a Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night.