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Chancellor questions fairness of SMC plan to provide higher-cost classes | 89.3 KPCC

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Chancellor questions fairness of SMC plan to provide higher-cost classes

Jack Scott, California Community Colleges


Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott said today that a Santa Monica College plan to offer a two-tier pricing plan for classes raises questions of fairness for the open enrollment system.

"The biggest issue right here is whether or not we are favoring those who have greater income over those who don’t," Scott said. "That's I think where it's problematic."

Scott has asked the state's Attorney general for an opinion on the legality of the program, which would provide additional self-funded courses to students. On Wednesday, Scott advised Santa Monica College President Chui


Santa Monica College will continue with two-tier plan


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


Community Colleges Chancellor asks SMC president to put two-tier plan on hold


In a phone call the morning after Santa Monica College students were pepper sprayed by campus police, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott advised college President Chui L. Tsang to put on hold a plan to offer a tier of higher-cost classes this summer.

"[Tsang's] a good friend of mine and I have a lot of respect for him," Scott said in an interview today. "He is obviously trying to determine what the incident was. I did say that given the circumstances that perhaps it would be wise to put this program on hold until we would get a ruling on the legality of it. That’s only my advice. Chui Tsang answers directly to the Santa Monica elected Board of Trustees. He made it clear, and I understand."

Campus police used pepper spray on about 30 students Tuesday night as they interrupted a Board of Trustees 

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