President Obama unveils his free community college plan

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - Wondering what's next on the political agenda? Try education.

President Barack Obama unveiled his new plan to provide the first two years of community college for free to students who get good grades.

"I'm announcing an ambitious new plan to bring down the cost of community college tuition in America," said the President on Friday, during an event at Pellissippi State College.  "I want to bring it down to zero."

The inspiration comes from a similar initiative promoted by Tennessee Republican governor Bill Haslam who, who according to President Obama, managed to implement his plan "Tennessee Promise" with bipartisan support.

"Tennessee is at the forefront of doing some smart stuff," explained the President.

The President said the project would benefit both young students and adults training for new jobs. The public education community welcomed the proposal.  However, opponents argue that "free" means billions of dollars that somebody else will have to pay, and that part of the plan so far isn't clear.

"I hope that Congress will come together to support it," he concluded.

So, it looks like Congress has some homework this year.  At least, they're going to be arguing about something that matters.


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