Some community college students are fighting against a two-tiered tuition system.

A bill on Governor Brown’s desk would allow some community colleges to charge as much as $200 per unit for high-demand classes in summer and winter terms -- things like transfer-level English, algebra and history, all of which traditionally have long waiting lists.

Proponents say it will open the classes more, and allow students to complete their associates degrees sooner.

But protesters, including a chancellor on the Board of Governors, have said the plan would give some students -- who have money -- access to the highway of education, and leave other students behind.

The bill allows for just a pilot program, and a third of the fees collected would be set aside for financial aid.

-- Gary Hoffmann