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NY Governor Proposes Free Tuition at Public Colleges

NY Governor Proposes Free Tuition at Public Colleges

Bernie Sanders approves.

Are all the professors and administrators at these schools going to work for free now?

The Hill reports:

NY gov proposes free tuition for public colleges

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a plan Tuesday to offer free tuition at state and city colleges for qualifying students.

According to The New York Times, any student who has been accepted to a public university in New York will be eligible for free tuition if their family earns $125,000 or less a year.

Cuomo announced his plan alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who made free college tuition a plank of his 2016 presidential campaign.

Sanders touted the proposal as a “model for the rest of the nation.”

“With an exploding technology, and with most of the good-paying jobs requiring more and more education, we need to make certain that every New Yorker, every Vermonter and every American gets all the education they need regardless of family income,” he said in a statement.

“In other words, we must make public colleges and universities tuition-free for the middle class and working families of our country.”


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“Free” should be restated as “at public expense,” changing the terms of this debate considerably.
How many professors in certain fields could sit in front of a state legislative panel and explain convincingly why the public should fund their hobby-horse course (like “The Literature of Baseball” or “Science Fiction Studies”?).
Public funding will ultimately mean public accountability of a kind to which many in academia would rather not submit.