Students fight bill that would raise class fees

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Proposed legislation that would raise fees for high-demand courses during summer and winter sessions at California community colleges is meeting opposition from students and faculty.

Santa Barbara Assemblyman Das Williams says his bill is aimed at helping schools that have been led to drop some sessions because of state funding cuts.

The Los Angeles Times says the measure is similar to a controversial plan attempted — and then dropped — by Santa Monica College to offer core education classes at a cost of about $180 per unit, alongside state-funded courses set by the Legislature at $46 per unit.

Opponents said that plan created a pathway to a two-tier education system favoring those who can pay.

Students are organizing protests and outreach efforts to legislators and the public in opposition to the new bill.

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