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City Inside/Out looks at Seattle Promise free college program
City Inside/Out: Seattle Promise
3/9/201828:35

POLL: Should Seattle offer two years of free community college for public high-school graduates?

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan wants all Seattle public high-school graduates to have access to two years of free tuition at community and technical colleges. The rationale? By 2020, 70 percent of jobs in Washington state will require some post-secondary education. But only about a third of the state's high-school graduates earn a post-secondary degree by the age of 26. Many low-income and minority students say the free-college program, called the Seattle Promise, will open doors and change their lives. How will the city pay for the program?  

Guests: 
Dwane Chappelle, Director, Seattle Dept. of Education and Early Learning (DEEL)
Clarence Dancer Jr., Postsecondary Policy Advisor, DEEL
Jenny Durkan, Seattle Mayor
Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange, President, Seattle Central College
Abdiasis Ibrahim, UW Student & Former 13th Year Scholar
Jessie Nguyen, 12th Grade Student
Dr. Larry Nyland, Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools
Pedro Reynaga, South Seattle College Student & 13th Year Scholar

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