Lawmakers push for free tuition at California’s community colleges

Lawmakers push for free tuition at California’s community colleges

August 29, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


CONCERNS ABOUT COSTS. KCRA 3’S MIKE LUERY IS LIVE AT SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE TO SHOW US WHO WOULD PAY FOR THAT, MIKE? MIKE: IT IS THE TAXPAYERS WHO WILL BE FOOTING THE BILL FOR FREE TUITION HERE AT SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES ACROSS THE STREET — STATE BECAUSE FREE TUITION IS NOT FREE. SOMEONE HAS TO PAY FOR IT. FOR SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE STUDENTS THE PROSPECT OF FREE TUITION IS EXCITING.>>WE LIVE ON HER OWN NOW SO IT WOULD BE A LOT EASIER IF WE DID NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR SCHOOL, WE CAN GO FOR FREE.>>IT IS THE SMARTEST THING WE CAN DO BECAUSE IT KEEPS PEOPLE IN SCHOOL, MAKES PEOPLE WANT TO FURTHER THEIR LIFE AND THEIR FUTURE.>>OFFERING TUITION IS EXPENSIVE.>>IT IS 10 OR $15,000 TO SPEND . WE DO NOT HAVE THAT AND OUR PARENTS DO NOT EITHER.>>IT WOULD COST $420 MILLION TO COVER THE MORE THAN 400,000 STUDENTS WHO ARE PAYING FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE.>>THE PROCESS — THI>>THE PUBLIC HEARING TODAY. LAWMAKERS WILL HAVE TO HOLD STUDENTS ACCOUNTABLE.>>YOU WILL HAVE TO MAINTAIN A CERTAIN GPA. THEY WILL HAVE TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE PROGRESS TOWARD A DEGREE. WE HOPE THIS WILL ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO NOT JUST STARTED FINISH COLLEGE.>>JUST THE FIRST STEP IN DRAFTING NEW LEGISLATION THAT COULD RESULT IN MAKING TUITION — FREE TUITION A REALITY. LISA: IS THERE ANY ORGANIZED OPPOSITION TO THIS PLAN SO FAR THAT YOU KNOW OF? MIKE: THE HARVEST — HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYER ASSOCIATION