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posted by n1 on Friday April 18 2014, @08:08AM   Printer-friendly
from the gambling-with-education dept.

Alternet reports on eduction reform in Tennessee.

The Tennessee House and Senate have approved a measure that allows for two free years of tuition at community colleges or technical schools for all the state's high school graduates. The proposal not only has the backing of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, it was based on his idea.

Moreover, the legislation passed by an overwhelming majority. The state's House of Representatives voted in favor of the legislation with a 87-8 margin.

When the plan, called Tennessee Promise, becomes law, [it] should provide free higher education for about 25,000 students in the state beginning in 2015. It will only benefit incoming freshmen. College sophomores attending two year schools in 2015 will not be able to participate in the plan, but will still be eligible for other state financial aid programs.

The estimated cost of the program is $34 [million] annually. Money will be transferred from the proceeds of the Tennessee Lottery to create an endowment for the program.

A similar proposal in 2007 failed.

In 1960, California was the first state to suspend college tuition. After President Reagan's cuts, the state dropped that program in 1984. Despite that, California's public colleges still have the lowest tuition rates in the country.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by TK on Friday April 18 2014, @03:05PM

    by TK (2760) on Friday April 18 2014, @03:05PM (#33085)

    When I was in college, fairly recently, with a few exceptions* my engineering professors assigned two sets of homework: one for the new edition of the book, and one for the N-1 edition of the book. They were the same problems, of course. This allowed me and my more frugal classmates to buy a used copy of the N-1 edition, and pass the class with no problems.

    In other cases, you could buy the N-1 edition for personal use, then photocopy the assigned questions from the N edition in the school's library, or befriend someone in the class who has the N edition.

    *Professors who wrote their own book, and in one case a book that just weren't available, new or used, for less than $1000.

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