Speaking in a theater packed with cheering students, Mayor Eric Garcetti reiterated his promise Wednesday to make one year of community college free for eligible high school graduates, beginning next year.
Inside the doors of Los Angeles City College’s El Camino Theater, a band played while staff distributed promotional T-shirts to high school and community college students in the audience. Onstage, elected officials congratulated each other on the launch of “L.A. College Promise,” and on drawing the attention of their high-profile guest: Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a longtime educator. The program held enormous potential, everyone agreed.
But five months after the mayor dropped a mention of the free-tuition proposal into his annual State of the City speech, Garcetti had few details to offer. Without saying how the city would cover the cost of free tuition at L.A.’s nine community colleges or what the eligibility requirements might be, the mayor heaped on more promises.
“This is more than just tuition,” he said. “This is about books and transportation and discounts on our buses and our rail lines. This is about making sure there’s counseling and support.”
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