"Harris understands the temptation to resort to two-tier pricing. During the economic downturn and subsequent squeeze on state budgets, funding for community colleges was cut $809 million over three years. Faculty and staff were cut. Class sizes increased to 20-year highs; teacher-to-student ratios rose to 11-year highs. The number of course sections decreased. Students faced waiting lists.
"The solution, however, is not to create a pricing system that favors 'haves' over 'have-nots.'"
The Sacramento Bee's Editorial Board criticizes proposals to create "pay to play fees for community colleges."