Mayor Of Birmingham Promises Free College Tuitions For High School Graduates

Mayor Of Birmingham Promises Free College Tuitions For High School Graduates

The Birmingham Promise initiative also gives high school seniors and juniors with opportunities for the students to receive credits after completing internships or apprenticeships at local businesses. Additionally, the students working at these local businesses earn a guaranteed minimum wage of $15.

The Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, Randall Woodfin announced that students graduating from the Birmingham City Schools will be given the opportunity to attend college in the state minus the burden of tuition feel. Woodfin, who is the mayor of the third blackest city in America, revealed his plan to do away with the tuition fee in a tweet that read: "Starting in 2020, any Birmingham City School student that walks across the graduation stage will have the opportunity to attend any in-state two or four year school tuition-free."



 



 

The following day, Mayor Woodfin shared further details of the plan, which has been dubbed the 'Birmingham Promise' initiative, which promises college tuition for all the city's public high school graduates. The students who have been accepted to a public, in-state, two or four-year college course are legible for the wavering of tuition fees. 



 



 

The Birmingham Promise initiative also gives high school seniors and juniors with opportunities for the students to receive credits after completing internships or apprenticeships at local businesses. Additionally, the students working at these local businesses earn a guaranteed minimum wage of $15 per hour. 

38-year-old Mayor Woodfin explained to The Root that his focus was fixed on finding an innovative solution to address the problem of generational poverty, livable wages, and college affordability. The plan was set in motion in 2013 when Mayor Woodfin was appointed the city's school board president. He was inspired by the city of Kalamazoo, which started the Kalamazoo Promise. But Kalamazoo got lucky, which is why Mayor Woodfin had to come up with a different plan. 

"They got a little lucky. They had a billionaire who was willing to endow their fund. I wanted to figure out Birmingham’s version of that because there is no billionaire walking around," said Woodfin.

Ultimately, the 38-year-old Mayor Woodfin hopes to completely change the state of black America by empowering the younger generation first. "This has the fundamental capacity to literally change the quality of life, not just for these young people but for their families, which in turn changes the quality of life for the communities and neighborhoods they live in, which in turn changes the quality of life for the entire city," he said.

Watch Mayor Woodfin explain the initiative here: 



 

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