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Title    Tennessee Says Yes to Free Higher-Ed Tuition
Date    Friday April 18 2014, @08:08AM
Author    n1
Topic   
from the gambling-with-education dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/04/18/0310216

gewg_ writes:

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.

Links

  1. "eduction reform in Tennessee" - http://www.alternet.org/education/tennessee-education#main-content
  2. "similar proposal" - http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140207/NEWS02/302070092/Free-community-college-proposal-can-pass-legislature-Gov-Haslam-says

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