About 30 students were pepper sprayed by campus police while protesting a new two-tier pricing plan for courses at a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting.
Santa Monica trustees voted today to put a hold on their controversial plan to offer a two-tiered pricing structure for classes. The plan would have called for bumping the costs of some popular courses nearly five-fold.
SMC professor says class cost increases are like abortion. Nobody's for it but sometimes it's necessary.
— Vanessa Romo (@vanromo) April 6, 2012
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United Farm Workers icon Dolores Huerta among 500 people who attended White House Hispanic Community Action Summit in Los Angeles.
Federal Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other public officials helped convene one-day White House Hispanic Community Action Summit in Los Angeles on Thursday.
After Salazar and the other officials offered opening remarks, nearly 500 people picked one of 14 breakout sessions on topics that ranged from education and nutrition to veterans issues. The topic at table one was “Building Communication among Latino Organizations.” Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta was one of the first to comment about the topic. “The Latino caucus in Sacramento, we do not have any champions for education in the caucus, who knew that?” She said.
Other participants included L.A. County area educators, environmental activists, arts leaders, and L.A. City Hall staffers. They all wore nametags labeled “stakeholder.” Across the auditorium, people at table eight talked about “Support and Programming for English Learners.” L.A. Unified theater teacher Suzanne Nichols told about three-dozen people about her strategies to reach Latino students.
“I invite all of my parents to see their kids perform because it gives me an opportunity to talk to them about what their kids are learning, and it gives us that home – school connection that many of us talk about is missing, and then the parents feel welcomed into a school, they don’t feel like, ‘Oh just have to drop my child off and leave,’” she said.
Two college students were injured after getting pepper sprayed while rallying at a Board of Trustees meeting at Santa Monica College.
The Santa Monica College Board of Trustees will hold an emergency public meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday to discuss California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott's request that the college put on hold its plan to offer a new tier of higher-cost courses this summer.
Scott called Santa Monica College President Chui L. Tsang Wednesday to make the request after students were pepper sprayed by campus police at a Board of Trustees meeting the night prior while protesting the plan.
The incident is under investigation by campus officials.
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Retired U.S. Army Col. Jack McCausland talks about ethical leadership at KPCC April 4, 2012.
Retired U.S. Army Col. Jeff McCausland sat down for a forum event at KPCC this week to talk about ethical leadership. McCausland works with school districts in California and across the country to train public school leaders including superintendents and principals.
McCausland got into the business after he got a call roughly a decade ago from a former California superintendent who was working on developing school leaders. At the time McCausland was working at the United States Army War College.
“I remember holding the phone out like this," said McCausland, outstretching his arm, "and kind of looking askance. I said 'Look sir, I think you have the wrong number…we do combat and stuff.' And he said, 'No no, you don’t understand man, being a school official, particularly in an urban area, is as close as you’re going to get to combat in the United States.'”
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Santa Monica College.
Santa Monica College will continue with plans to implement a new tier of higher cost classes this summer despite a request from the California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott to put the program on hold after protesting students were pepper sprayed Tuesday night by campus police, said college spokesman Bruce Smith today.
Santa Monica College President Chui L. Tsang spoke with Scott on the phone Wednesday, the morning after students were pepper sprayed while interrupting a Board of Trustees meeting.
"Dr. Tsang was very appreciative of the call," Smith said. "They had a great conversation and the college is going to take that request under full consideration. As of this point, here is no change, we're moving ahead with the program."
The college plans to initially offer about 50 courses priced at $180 to $200 a unit this summer. That would be at least five times the current $36 per unit, which is a fee set by the Legislature. Fees will rise to $46 per unit this summer. The higher-fee classes will support themselves, university officials said.