We’re talking about The Kalamazoo Promise this morning. Every high school graduate from Kalamazoo, Mich. who gets into a state school gets their tuition paid.
Free college. A great deal for the kids who’ll graduate loan-free. But what we want to discuss is whether this is a good deal for Kalamazoo’s future. Maybe families who would have been tempted to move out of the city of 75,000 will stay put. Maybe kids who graduate will decide to move back to the city that did so much for them.
Is this a way for small cities and towns to compete with the bright lights of the big city?
(Graduates listen to natioinal anthem June 7, 2010 during commencement ceremonies for Kalamazoo Central High School at Western Michigan University arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)