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Obama Flunks Community College

There are many reasons why community college dropout rates are so high, but the cost of tuition is usually not the biggest obstacle to getting a degree.

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For too long, America's community colleges have been dropout mills, adept at attracting government-sponsored tuition checks, but not so good at issuing diplomas. So getting more of their students to stick with the program until commencement day is a worthy goal. President Barack Obama’s new answer -- to provide free tuition to all community college students who maintain a C average -- has an appealing simplicity. But it's probably too simple to do the trick.

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