Applauding The Tennessee Promise Program

Friday, February 07, 2014

I applaud the Governor's Tennessee Promise program as it will help many who are struggling to pay for their education or those who could not have received a post secondary education otherwise. I would like to see this expanded even further to other states and possibly to four-year schools as well.  

This has been the standard in a large part of the developed world, including Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden and Finland for quite some time. It is refreshing to see Tennessee taking this step and the lead on this.  

I do however, find it ironic that it is a Republican governor doing this as I am sure if it had been his predecessor or our current President proposing this, it would have been considered socialist or communist and condemned by many instead of the accolades it is receiving currently.

John Fricke

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