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Detroit launches college promise for students

Detroit News, March 22, 2016 — Permanent funding is on the way for a program that is providing Detroit high school graduates a tuition-free path to an associate’s degree. shutterstock_315957842

The dedicated revenue source to fund college scholarships for city students is made possible through the Detroit Promise Zone, a designation created by law during the Granholm administration that allows Detroit to capture a portion of state education taxes generated in the city to offer scholarships.

Mayor Mike Duggan touted the program Tuesday as the Michigan Senate prepares to take up key legislation to reform the Detroit Public Schools, a move the mayor says is needed to improve the standard of education and retain families in the city.

“If families in this community know that you can get a quality education in the schools and you’ve got your first two years of college paid for because you live in the city, it’s a major step forward,” Duggan told The Detroit News. “A quality education system is at the center of every great city and we have to build one here.”

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