The city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education are exploring options for allowing graduates to attend one year of community college tuition-free.
The LAUSD board unanimously approved a motion on Tuesday to develop a plan for one-year free college tuition. The plan will be developed over the next six months with Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, 4th District, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office, the L.A. Chamber of Commerce and other partners. The board directed the collective effort, known as the “Los Angeles College Promise,” to present a progress report during a public board meeting early next year.
The goal is to ensure that college tuition is not a barrier for students, while giving them more incentive to complete their college education. Board President Steve Zimmer and Board Members Dr. Ref Rodriguez and Mónica García introduced the resolution.
“This is a critical moment for aspiring dreamers and working families of Los Angeles who deserve the opportunity to go to college unencumbered by exorbitant costs,” Zimmer said. “I am grateful to my colleagues for their support in allowing exploration of this important partnership with the city of Los Angeles, and excited about the possibility of following in the footsteps of other government municipalities like the cities of St. Louis and San Francisco, which have proven that this is an essential step in supporting students and their families as they look forward to entering college.”
In April, Garcetti set a goal of providing every LAUSD graduate with one year of community college tuition-free starting in 2017. More than three out of four LAUSD students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, one measure commonly used to tally low-income families in the district’s schools. The measure could be used to determine a student’s need for college-free tuition.
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