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State Attorney General’s Office warns 2-tier pricing for colleges is illegal

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A controversial plan by Santa Monica College to charge more for some popular courses is illegal, California’s Attorney General says.

California’s Attorney General says a plan by Santa Monica College to charge more for some popular courses is illegal.

Earlier this month, Santa Monica College Board members decided to charge students several times the normal price for some high-demand classes taught over the summer, setting up a two-tier system. 

The original idea was to relieve overcrowding, but it set off a violent clash on campus, with some students getting pepper-sprayed.  

After that incident, the trustees dropped the plan for the summer. But by then, the state’s Community College Chancellor, who also opposes the plan, had asked the Attorney General’s Office for a ruling on its legality. Their conclusion: 

"The education code doesn’t allow for this two-tiered system," says Paul Feist, vice president of communications for the chancellor’s office. "Employers who want to contract with the community college who want to provide instruction to workers or potential workers and the employers pays the cost of that instruction."

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