Doing ‘Free’ Right

In the years that followed the most recent recession, an astonishing 95 percent of net new jobs created went to workers with at least some college learning. That’s an economist’s take on what far too many high school graduates already know — that, without education beyond a high school diploma, the job landscape is bleak.

That concern is especially urgent for lower-income students, who are five times more likely to wind up without a college degree than their more affluent peers.

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