Santa Monica College protest highlights California education crisis

Tear-gassed SMC student. (

A rowdy demonstration last week against the imposition of two-tiered fees (or should that be, a two-class system) at normally laid-back Santa Monica College may have been a near-riot but it forced their Board of Trustees to back down.

Yes SMC is facing huge funding shortfalls from the state. But the way they tried to ram this through is reprehensible.