The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 21st, 2015
Community colleges were back in the spotlight on Tuesday night, as President Obama plugged his plan to make the institutions free for millions of students.
Speaking to Congress and the nation, Mr. Obama urged legislators to
follow Tennessee’s lead and make two years of college "as free and
universal in America as high school is today."
"Whoever you are, this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the
new economy, without a load of debt," he said in his next-to-last State
of the Union address.
Mr. Obama also touted his tax-reform plan,
announced over the weekend. That plan would increase taxes on the
wealthiest Americans and on financial firms to pay for free community
college, while streamlining the higher-education tax credits and rolling
back tax breaks for college-savings plans, among many other changes.