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BREAKING: President Obama Proposes Free Community College For Two Years

An estimated 9 million students could benefit from the program with each full-time student saving an average of $3,800 per year, the White House said.

President Obama will announce in Tennessee Friday his proposal for two years of tuition-free community college.

Obama’s proposal is called the America’s College Promise and will offer the first two years of college tuition free for students who meet a minimum GPA.

The White House said if all states participate, an estimated 9 million students could benefit from the program with each full-time student saving an average of $3,800 per year. Students will be required to be enrolled at least half-time and maintain a 2.5 GPA to be in the program.

States will have to choose to opt-in to the program. If they choose to participate, they will be required to either offer classes that transfer to local public four-year colleges and allow students to earn half of their credits needed to complete a four-year degree, or offer occupational training programs with high success rates that lead to useful degrees and certificates.

The federal government will pay for 75% of the two-year tuition, while states will be required to cover the remainder. No specifics were given about how much this will cost the federal government, but officials said it would be included in the budget.

The president also is proposing a related initiative called American Technical Training Fund that will teach technical skills to help people get better paying jobs. The programs may be offered through current community colleges or other training institutions.

The American Technical Training Fund is based off a program called Tennessee Tech Centers, which trains low-paid employees to do work in energy, IT, and advanced manufacturing, allowing them to move into a middle-class job.

Source: Michelle Broder Van Dyke for Buzzfeed News

BREAKING: Dozens Arrested During Protests Across U.S. Against Police Violence

Protests took place in more than a dozen U.S. cities Tuesday as racial tensions continue to mount in the wake of deadly police shootings.

Protesters rallied against police violence in several cities across the U.S. Tuesday.

The heightened atmosphere comes in the wake of the death of Walter Scott, a black South Carolina man shot multiple times in the back by white police officer Michael Slager. Video of the incident shot by a witness forced North Charleston police to charge Scott with murder last week.

Over the weekend, Eric Harris was accidentally fatally shot in Oklahoma when a volunteer deputy confused his handgun for his taser. On Monday, the reserve deputy, Robert Bates, was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Racial tensions in the U.S. were heightened last year after grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City not to file charges against white police officers who had killed unarmed black men.

Demonstrations took place Tuesday in more than a dozen cities across the U.S. from New York City to Cleveland to Birmingham to Oakland.

Source:  Michelle Broder Van Dyke for Buzzfeed News