Mayor Eric Garcetti promises free community-college tuition as Jill Biden helps launch L.A. initiative
Los Angeles Times - 5 hours ago
Eric Garcetti says by next year, eligible high school students will get a free year's tuition at ...
Garcetti’s announcement, though short on specifics, resembles President Obama’s proposal in his 2015 State of the Union address to offer two free years of community college to all U.S. students. It represents the mayor’s most direct attempt yet to shape public education in the city, while allowing him to maintain a safe distance from L.A. Unified, a system of 642,000 students over which he has no authority. Garcetti has been criticized for not being as involved in public education as his predecessor.
In its first year, the program is expected to cost $3 million. According to the mayor’s office, Garcetti has raised $1.75 million, with the remainder to come from the L.A. Community College District.
Exactly how many of L.A.’s public school students could benefit from the mayor’s proposal remains unclear.
In 2015, the public school system graduated about 30,000 students. Although district officials were not able to provide the most recent number of graduates for the class of 2016, they have boasted a graduation rate of 75%, a record in the city’s modern history.
L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King said that of the class of 2015, 37% went on to attend local community colleges.
“We will expand that percentage,” King said at the mayor’s rally. “No longer will our students have to worry about the financial burdens of what to do about college; they can focus on their education. They will have a seat in a community college in L.A.”
Students at L.A. charter schools also will be able to participate in the program, district officials said.
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