GROUND REPORT: Rep. Cohen’s radical notion on funding a college education for all Americans

Career College Central Summary:

  • On January 9, 2015 Rep. Cohen of Tennessee asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the idea of funding a college education to all Americans.
  • His comments are as follows:
  • “Mr. Speaker, today the President will be speaking in Knoxville, Tennessee, on extending college educations to Americans.
  • I share with the President the goal of giving more Americans the opportunity to go to college, but I would submit to him he should not be holding up the Tennessee Promise plan in Tennessee as an example. He should be holding up the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship program, which I worked 20 years to achieve in Tennessee and has provided over $3 billion to education, $250 million a year.
  • Scholarship programs such as the President is talking about should have standards for students in high school to achieve to get a scholarship. They should have strong standards in college to maintain them. They should be in addition to Pell grants and in addition to other scholarships to pay for books and tuition."

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