Promises, promises

I'm all through with promises, promises now.  First Tennessee Promise, now America's College Promise.  Much as I want to see educational attainment increase, I feel increasingly like Dionne Warwick.  (I realize this might be a too obscure 60's reference.  Perhaps I should acknowledge Burt Bacharach and Hal David?) Taken from The Pacific Standard.

The Potential Benefits of Obama’s Free Community College Plan

Here’s how it breaks down: Federal funding would cover 75 percent of the average cost of community college, and states would handle the rest. In order to participate in the program, students have to attend the colleges at least “half-time,” making “steady progress” toward completion of their program, while maintaining a 2.5 GPA. Participating community colleges will have to offer programs that either transfer credits to four-year schools, or provide in-demand occupational training. 
If Obama’s large-scale proposal makes it through Congress, it could have long-term benefits not just for the students that receive free education, but for society as a whole.According to the administration, if all 50 states opt-in to the program it could help some nine million students per year, and save full-time community college students an average of $3,800 in tuition every year.


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