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Community colleges in Pa. could and should be free

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about secondary education, opportunity, its affordability, and ways to improve Pennsylvanians’ abilities to enhance their positions in life.

As a parent of two teenagers, I know how essential it is to set a good example, prepare my kids to be fully capable adults, and to remind them of the importance of keeping their promises.

My wife and I invest in them, we surround them with family, and we make sure they get up each morning and go to school, their summer jobs, etc.

My oldest child is a high school senior. He’s been attending our local trade school, but his next steps after high school have not yet been determined.

Perhaps he’ll continue to an apprenticeship program, but he is also considering pursuing higher education, like nearly 64% of high school graduates throughout the commonwealth will do.

For many, earning a degree or certificate beyond a high school diploma will be the expectation for future employers.

Unfortunately, the costs of higher education have grown substantially faster than the increases in starting salary. The price tag of continuing an education often becomes the deciding factor when choosing........

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