Free education is now part of Mayor Pugh's crime fighting strategy
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- As part of the mayor’s new crime strategy, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is offering the gift of a free education.
Mayor Pugh is proposing that the city pay for two years of tuition at Baltimore City Community College for every high school graduate in Baltimore.
“We are giving young people hope. You can go to college. You can get a career,” said Mayor Pugh.
Mayor Pugh estimates it’ll costs the city about $1.5 million each semester but economist Anirban Basu believes the tab could be far greater.
“I think more people will take advantage of free tuition…and the ultimate bill could be considerable more than that,” said Basu.
If the plan is approved, the class of 2018 could be the first graduates to receive free tuition.