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  • Doris YeeDoris Yee

    I just read one of the related stories to this: "To replicate the program in New York City, to cover the college tuition of all 52,000 students who graduate from the nation’s largest school system every year, an endowment of something like $20 billion would be needed.."

  • Liz DwyerLiz Dwyer

    What an incredible story. We kinda had this in California back in the day with the California Higher Education Master Plan, which made attending an in-state school nearly free for residents. Reagan started the dismantling process of that when he was governor. That said, there's no reason this couldn't work in plenty of places. We just need the will to make it happen.

  • Doris YeeDoris Yee

    Kalamazoo is located in such a prime area - as it rests between Chicago and Detroit. A lot of great schools are within reach - U of M, Michigan State or Northwestern in Chicago. Keeping the younger generations within the state is critical - as Michigan is slowly being depopulated as young adults seek experience and education in more promising urban enclaves. The only way cities like Detroit will ever be able to prosper if we "keep the young people in." If a program like this would become infectious, that would be best plague ever.

  • Doris YeeDoris Yee

    Kalamazoo is such a prime testing hub for this. It's a great location - a middle post right between Chicago and Detroit, and a close neighbor of Lansing and Ann Arbor. If a program like this would become infectious, this would be the best uplifting plague ever. As the article mentioned, this is not just about education but economy. It provides hope to a struggling state, as newer Michiganian generations soon depart after high school (myself included). Michigan needs to keep its northern breed within state borders to regain momentum - if an entrance letter into U of M or Michigan State were to become more tangible and less luxurious - then we're at a big win.

    I would rather see this tested in smaller cities that struggle with population retention.