Free college proposal for dropouts raises questions of fairness

A bill that would allow people who have dropped out of high school to get tuition waivers to pursue diplomas and workforce credentials at Florida colleges got unanimous backing Wednesday from a key House committee.

But some members of the House Education & Employment Committee raised concerns and questioned whether, as one Republican put it, the bill would give high school dropouts a “better deal” than students who graduate.

“I believe that if someone drops out of high school, sure we should help them, but we shouldn’t give them a better deal than the person who doesn’t,” said Rep. Randy Fine, R-Brevard County.

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