Sunday, July 19, 2015

Feds' Free Community College Bill Unveiled - Matthew Disler, Real Clear Politics

President Obama’s plan for free community college tuition came a step closer to becoming law on Wednesday with the unveiling of a draft Senate bill outlining its key elements. But the proposal still faces several major hurdles – beginning with its estimated $90 billion price tag – and staunch opposition from conservatives who think education legislation is best left to states. Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held a conference call with reporters to announce the America’s College Promise Act of 2015, a bill that would make two-year community and technical colleges free to eligible students. Under the legislation, the federal government would contribute three times the money invested by each state to eliminate tuitions.

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