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Obama To Propose Free Community College Program

#1  Postby kennyc » Jan 09, 2015 11:23 am

Obama To Propose Free Community College Program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday announced a proposal that President Barack Obama said would make community college "free for everybody who is willing to work for it." But administration officials provided no details about the program's costs or where the money would come to pay for it.

Obama planned to formally announce the plan Friday at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He gave a preview in a videotaped message shot aboard Air Force One and posted on Facebook.

"It's not just for kids," Obama said. "We also have to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits."

Obama provided few specifics, and White House and Education Department officials on a conference call with reporters Thursday evening said the funding details would come out later with the president's budget.

The White House did say that if all states participated, that nine million students could benefit — saving on average $3,800 in tuition per year for a full-time student. That means the program could cost in the billions of dollars. In a Republican-led Congress, the proposal likely faces a tough legislative fight to be passed.

"With no details or information on the cost, this seems more like a talking point than a plan," said Cory Fritz, press secretary for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Under the proposal, participating students would be expected to maintain a modest grade point average and participating schools would have to meet certain academic requirements. States would opt in to the program and put up a fraction of the funding.
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Re: Obama To Propose Free Community College Program

#2  Postby DarthHelmet86 » Jan 09, 2015 11:31 am

I wonder what he means by work for it?
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#3  Postby Scot Dutchy » Jan 09, 2015 1:12 pm

Another parking lot for the unemployed?
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#4  Postby kennyc » Jan 09, 2015 1:35 pm

Employment is up, but yes why not learn something.

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#5  Postby Scot Dutchy » Jan 09, 2015 3:10 pm

kennyc wrote:Employment is up, but yes why not learn something.

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Has unemployment all of a sudden disappeared?
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#6  Postby kennyc » Jan 09, 2015 3:13 pm

You should probably take a class and find out.
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#7  Postby Scot Dutchy » Jan 09, 2015 3:15 pm

I think these are not new plans. Probably drawn up when unemployment was rising as a back up policy.
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#8  Postby kennyc » Jan 09, 2015 3:18 pm

Maybe you should take a class and learn something.
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#9  Postby laklak » Jan 09, 2015 4:00 pm

I think it's a good idea if properly implemented. By "properly implemented" I mean somebody else pays for it, not me. I already pay for 12 years of school, and they come out unable to read on a 3rd grade level. Giving them two more years to throw spitballs at each other isn't going to do them any good, but it might help keep a few of them off the streets.
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#10  Postby kennyc » Jan 09, 2015 4:05 pm

I have to agree with that Lak, we need significant overall improvement in our school system - both public and private.
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