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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Administrators say they’ll hold an emergency meeting at Santa Monica College to discuss a controversial class fee structure that sparked angry protests on campus this week.

Dozens of students were pepper-sprayed at a meeting Tuesday night after they tried to push their way into a meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Students have called for a referendum on a plan approved by trustees last month that would offer high-demand core courses at about four times the price.

Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott has asked college president Chui Tsang to put the plan on hold, expressing concerns about its legality.

About 100 students demonstrated against the plan again Thursday.

The school has an enrollment of roughly 30,000 students. About 1,100 classes out of 7,430 have been slashed since 2008.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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