Posted by Maica Pichler on August 12, 2015 at 7:54 AM
Richard Reeves, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institute, recently took time out of his studies on economic mobility to pen an editorial lambasting the Kalamazoo Promise because “free college doesn’t fix everything.” His commentary was so wrong and uninformed that Bob Jorth, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Promise felt compelled to respond. His response unfortunately didn’t get the same coverage, but it was so well done that we felt all of our followers who might have been equally outraged by the Reeves hit piece should have a chance to read it in full. All we can say is, Bob, thanks for putting the record straight and Mr. Reeves in his place.
Posted by Maica Pichler on July 29, 2015 at 1:05 PM
The Campaign for Free College Tuition hosted a conference call with the United States Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell and our President Morley Winograd to talk about President Obama’s proposal, “Americas College Promise”, to make Community College free throughout the country and CFCT’s 4-step plan for free college.
Ted Mitchell and Morley Winograd answered questions from members and listeners. They addressed a variety of concerns and issues including how to deal with a surge in enrollment, enforcement of the legislation, funding of the promise, bi-partisanship, support for HBCU’s and MSI’s, completion rates, worker training programs, universal access to education, and more.
Listen now to this exclusive call and leave us feedback if you have questions that weren’t answered!
Posted by Maica Pichler on July 09, 2015 at 9:14 AM
Over the past few months we have had thousands of activists advocating for free college tuition.
Posted by Maica Pichler on June 29, 2015 at 11:12 AM
The 2016 Presidential Election looms in the distance like a rising sun ascending over a wide desert horizon. It creeps slowly into mainstream conversation as the country looks to new leadership for the nation’s various ills and maladies.
Posted by Maica Pichler on June 15, 2015 at 1:31 PM
Recently, I had a discussion about language that I preferred to use to describe the response to Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore, Maryland. His death, and countless others across the country, had sparked a popular uprising. During the movement, I noticed on Twitter that the hashtags #BaltimoreRising and #BaltimoreUprising were being used by a lot of folks sympathetic to the cause.
I insisted that these were more appropriate than using the term “riot,” but someone quickly chastised me, and said,“This whole movement has been about defying shame. I’m happy to reclaim ‘riot’ rather than distance/euphemise [sic].”
Posted by Maica Pichler on June 12, 2015 at 11:26 AM
When I published my book Why Public Higher Education Should be Free two years ago, I felt like a lone, crazy voice in the wilderness, but recently we have seen many initiatives to attain the goal of debt-free public higher education.
Posted by Maica Pichler on June 03, 2015 at 8:17 AM
I am very excited to announce that I have begun working with CFCT full-time to ensure that we can make college tuition free, nationwide.
Posted by Maica Pichler on May 19, 2015 at 9:19 AM
The good news is that revenues for most state governments are rising as the economy continues to recover from the Great Recession. The bad news is that most state governments are not devoting enough of their increasing revenues to restoring the draconian cuts they made in their higher education budgets in 2008-09. As we said in Step 3 of our plan to make all public colleges tuition free, the states must do their part to reduce the burden of rising tuition prices on American families if we are going to achieve our goal of tuition free college in all 50 states.