The program is underwritten by a group of local philanthropists, and is to run for at least 13 years . . .Hmm, LPS has declining enrollment yet exists in the middle of an area where everybody wants their kids to go to college . . .
Called the "Kalamazoo Promise," the tuition plan requires only that students live in Kalamazoo or neighboring Oshtemo township, graduate from public high school and attend a public university or community college in Michigan. Students who go from kindergarten through the 12th grade get a full ride. The program will cover 65% of tuition costs for those who spend at least their four high-school years in the city's schools, with the percentage of aid rising for those who spend more years in the system.
The fall-out from the November announcement: Immediate investment in Kalamazoo, from home builders, among other sectors . . .
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Invest in Schools and They Will Come?
From the Wall Street Journal via NSBA BoardBuzz: