Seattle Mayor’s plan for free college: No US citizenship or minimum GPA required

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From Seattle Times: One of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s top goals is to make community college free for every Seattle high-school graduate, and last week, she rolled out a program that would do so over several years.

The plan, which would likely work in concert with College Bound and other state and federal aid programs, would pay for two years of community college for every Seattle public high-school graduate. It will not have an income or GPA cutoff, nor does it require students to sign up years in advance or exclude students who have gotten into legal trouble.

Her proposal coincides with a new report by a progressive think tank, The Century Foundation, that examines the success of so-called “promise” programs — which guarantee to pay tuition for graduates of a state’s high school — and details those elements that lead to a high success rate.

Author Jennifer Mishory, a Century Foundation senior fellow, says simple plans tend to work best. Plans that have fewer restrictions tend to attract more students. “The clearer the message, the easier it is to understand for students who might not otherwise enroll,” she said.

Mishory already counts Washington as one of the 16 “promise” states, although the program is far from simple. Washington’s College Bound program pays college tuition and fees for students who are low-income, sign up by eighth grade, maintain at least a C average and don’t get into legal trouble. It’s good for both two- and four-year colleges.

Durkan’s plan represents the expansion of an idea first launched in 2008. Called the 13th Year, it began as a partnership between Cleveland High School and South Seattle College and guaranteed every graduate a year at the college tuition free. It was funded by private donations.

No US Citizenship Required: Durkan’s proposal would also be open to all students regardless of citizenship status. That’s true as well for the State Need Grant. And this session, the Legislature passed a bill expanding College Bound to include students who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, known as dreamers.

The Cost: Durkan’s office estimates the expansion will cost $1.7 million in 2018-19, and will serve about 1,000 high-school and college students, including outreach and college preparation services. About 215 students will receive 13th-year scholarships, and an estimated 120 students will be eligible to receive 14th-year scholarships. The money will come from the city’s general fund, the sweetened-beverage tax and the Seattle Colleges.

As more students take advantage of the program, the costs will increase — to $4.4 million in 2019-20, $5.7 million in 2020-21 and $6.3 million in 2021-22.

Read the whole story here.

About the progressive think tank, The Century Foundation (TCF), whose report was cited in this article:

  • “The Century Foundation is a progressive, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad.”
  • Mark Zuckerman, President of TCF: Mark served in the Obama White House as the deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council, leading teams on key initiatives, including reducing student debt, increasing accountability at for-profit educational institutions, reducing workplace discrimination, increasing wages for home health care workers, and expanding access to job training. Prior to that, as staff director of the House Education and Labor Committee, he helped win passage of landmark legislation such as the Affordable Care Act; the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act.
  • Melissa “break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents” Harris-Perry is an advisor to the foundation.

And take a wild guess as to who also has ties to TCF…

  • Richard Leone, former president of TCF (1989-2011), was a member of the board of directors of Center for American Progress (CAP). CAP is the think tank conceived by George Soros and headed by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta.
  • In 2005, TCF and CAP launched the Security and Peace institute (SPI). The SPI “will build on the work of both of its parent organizations by promoting a shared foreign policy agenda for the United States and its international partners.”
  • The director of the SPI was Morton H. Halperin, a senior advisor to George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

If this free college plan is something that Soros and Company are pushing, you know the message is clear: promote progressive ideology and policies at any cost to taxpayers.


17 responses to “Seattle Mayor’s plan for free college: No US citizenship or minimum GPA required

  1. So, it’ll be just like high school, then.
    This also may increase the number of illegals in Seattle by incredible numbers.

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  2. While at it, how about a law that says that Seattle citizens don’t have to pay any taxes?

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  3. Free stuff for future votes.

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  4. You mean 12 years in public schools is not enough time to turn out enough looney lefties. They need two more years to get the job done and the sheeple will buy it hook line and sinker!

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  5. And there’ll also be lollipops, gumdrops, and pie in the sky.
    So who will pay for this?

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  6. Bernie Sanders’ next running mate!

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  7. The problem with these well intentioned programs is that they start with a fatally flawed concept. There is no such thing as free. Somebody has to pay for it. Calling it free is a self serving lie. More accurately it should be termed as things you get for nothing by taking it from someone else. Usually we call that stealing.

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  8. Once they run out of city money they do what Macon, GA did. Incorporate the county and seize theirs. Free is a false concept and requires stupidity to believe in it. I see people spending a couple of hundred a week playing the lottery. That mentality was inherited from the idea that the gov’t gives away free stuff as though it were pulled from thin air. No one pauses to consider than sooner or later output exceeds input. Georgias illustrious gov’t ran the lottery upon education and sold it to a dumbed down public. 20 years later every lottery based program collapsed and is now nearly nonexistent. Education drives people to support without serious consideration. They’re only schemes concocted by sociopaths in public office urinating on the publics leg and declaring its rain. I really don’t know whose more ignorant, the politicians feeding the bull or the voting public swallowing it.

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  9. So now the goobermint agents want to indoctrinate your kids and foot the entire bill with our money.

    We are reaching the point where far too many have useless degrees as it is.

    This will only make it worse.

    It does, however, explain why goobermint at all levels has purposely inflated tuition costs – just like they did with health care.

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    • Dave . . . . You are correct on several points! For me, the real kicker is “We are reaching the point where far too many have useless degrees . . .” Then you have these young people hitting the labor market, only to find out that they essentially have a bogus degree. Then they start looking for other work which might normally go to the working poor. So they are then competing against the “uneducated” for what jobs are available. Tell me, in this scenario, just how intelligent is that????? Think about all the monies that have been flushed down the drain in this endeavor.

      I should imagine that we will be those people who can obtain employment outside of the Seattle area, leave for a less oppressive tax haven.

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  10. Free? You get what you pay for. They pretend to teach and we pretend to learn. Why the hell do these people think that everybody need a college edumacation? Some people are not college material and ginning them up to think they are is nothing but another lie. I didn’t go to college. I made more than most of the people telling me ‘you’re smart enough to go to college’. Well I didn’t go and retired at 55 and have a livable pension and work sometimes because I want to. Not because I have to.

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  11. Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:

    This is why Seattle will keep bleeding its’ residents dry! Does “balaced budget” have a nice ring to it?! Asshats!

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