Some city officials are exploring the idea of offering free college tuition to graduates of Racine high schools. The program would be modeled after the Kalamazoo Promise. More detail is available at the Racine Post.
The grant proposal seeking to explore this program suggests that the program would transform RUSD such that all children would be prepared for a post secondary education. It would increase the incentives to finish high school and college, it would result in more disposable income for racine families, it would attract people and businesses to Racine, improve the local housing market and would improve the regional economy.
A few thoughts in no particular order:
Do we really want to look to Michigan for economic development and population retention ideas? The economy of Michigan is tanking and people are fleeing to other states.
The Kalamakoo web site touting the program mentions nothing about who is paying for the program.
The program in Kalamazoo is for public school students only. Would Racine graduates of St. Catherines be discriminated against by this program?