Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Governor vetoes DVC-prompted grade bill

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill prompted by the Diablo Valley College scandal that would have required the state's 110 community colleges to consider a model grade-changing policy.

Schwarzenegger, who nixed the proposal Sunday, noted in his veto message that the bill was "unnecessary" because nothing in existing law prevents the state chancellor's office from distributing a model policy. The bill, AB 1754 was approved 55-23 by the Assembly and 21-12 by the Senate.

Proposed by Assemblywomen Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley, and Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, and Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, the bill was a response to a six-year-long grade-changing scheme at DVC. Hundreds of grades were changed by student employees in exchange for money.

More than 50 people were charged with felonies after an investigation.

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