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Woohoo! Kalamazoo Public Schools to offer free college tuition

Kalamazoo offers free tuition:

ALAMAZOO, Mich., Nov. 11 (UPI) — Kalamazoo, Mich., has announced plans to pay tuition for any city public school graduate who attends a Michigan college.

The deal begins with the class of 2006, the Kalamazoo Gazette said. The Kalamazoo Promise announced Thursday by Superintendent Janice Brown would pay 100 percent of tuition for students who have been in the Kalamazoo schools since first grade with pro-rated amounts for all students who enter by the 10th grade.

Officials expect the tuition offer to reverse a slide in public school enrollment and to encourage families with school-age children to move to Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Public Schools: The Kalamazoo Promise.


2 responses to “Woohoo! Kalamazoo Public Schools to offer free college tuition

  1. Jason November 15, 2005 at 5:47 pm

    This one act of generosity will no doubt change the landscape of Kalamazoo forever. People are spreading rumors that this promise is only for the children in Kalamazoo Public Schools currently, this is completely false. The people that have given this multi-million dollar gift are businessmen in the community, most likely from the Stryker family and the Upjohn family. The Stryker Corporation is a multi billion dollar corporation with it’s home base being in Kalamazoo. This is an open-ended promise to the community of Kalamazoo. The city will not change over-nite, and the same goes for the children , like community growth, educational growth takes time, it is the determination of the students and the parents that will transform our commmunity.

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