Obama Calls For Free 2-Year Community College
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President Barack Obama on Thursday proposed offering free community college nationwide, in effect extending government-funded education from kindergarten through a two-year degree.
“I’d like to see the first two years of community college free for everyone who is willing to work for it,” Mr. Obama said in a video posted Thursday on Facebook. “It’s something we can accomplish and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world.”
The plan, which would offset some of the $20 billion in annual tuition received by community colleges, will require legislation in a Republican-controlled Congress that already is at odds with the president over other spending issues. The concept is expected to formally be released in Mr. Obama’s 2016 budget proposal, due out in February.
Per usual, the GOP is hatin’…HEAVY
“With no details or information on the cost, this seems more like a talking point than a plan,” said Cory Fritz, press secretary to House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).
The man can’t even explain the thing before these fools try to tear it down. SMH.
The administration declined to release the overall cost of the plan, saying details would be disclosed in coming weeks. Federal funds would cover three-quarters of the average cost of tuition, and states would have some responsibility to provide matching funds under the plan.
Currently, there are approximately eight million U.S. community college students, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. Those who attend full time pay an average tuition of $3,800 a year.
The proposal, which the president is expected to flesh out Friday in a talk at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., is aimed at addressing Americans who look to a college degree as a ticket to the middle class but believe they cannot afford one. At the same time, business leaders are deeply concerned with a skills gap that has left hundreds of thousands of jobs unfilled across the country for lack of qualified workers.
The announcement is part of three-state tour by Mr. Obama aimed at heralding economic growth and highlighting executive actions and legislative proposals that will be included in his State of the Union address Jan. 20.
Republican dissenters notwithstanding, we can’t imagine how anyone could possibly beef with free college level education.
We’re starting to like the “balls to the wall” Obama that has been emerging in the last days of his Presidency.
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