The White House proposal to provide free community-college tuition to millions of students bears some familiar fingerprints—from a researcher who championed the idea, a nonprofit group that has pushed some of its key strategies nationwide, and, of course, existing plans in Tennessee and Chicago. Here are a few of the players that appear to have left their marks.
When Sara Goldrick-Rab argued that two years of college should be free—as she has repeatedly in the past year—most everyone told her that that was impossible. Sometimes there was laughter.
While the idea sounded outrageous to many, she points out that community colleges were initially meant to be free. “It’s where we started,” she says. “We got lost.”
So President Obama’s announcement has been a vindication for Ms. Goldrick-Rab, a professor of educational-policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison….
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Stan Jones, founder and president of this national nonprofit group, has praised the Tennessee Promise, that state’s free-community-college plan, as a strategy that expands college access to students who might have thought it beyond their reach….
(h/t College Insurrection)