Obama’s plan for free community college

Obama’s plan for free community college

[Ed. – Possibly the dumbest idea yet from a president with no dearth of dumb ideas]

President Obama on Friday will propose a federal-state cost-share program that he asserts would make two years of community college “free” for qualified students nationwide, with a potential price tag of tens of billions of dollars.

Borrowing from a year-old experiment in Tennessee under the leadership of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, the president will propose that Congress agree to let the federal government partner with participating states to cover the costs of at least two years of community college credits that could transfer to four-year colleges and universities, or for qualified technical education linked to employment.

Heralding the economic transformation brought about by public high school benchmarks set a century ago, Obama will argue that national education expanded to 14 years of public benefits would offer 21st century students a valuable leg up in a competitive economy and tap a community college structure unique to the United States.

The president believes two years of publicly funded post-high-school education for students of any age is a “bold” solution, his advisers told reporters.

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