Alabama mayor promises free college to city school graduates

Aug 28, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, has promised that any graduate from the city's public school system will "have the opportunity" attend any in-state public college for free starting next year.

Randall Woodfin tweeted the pledge late Tuesday with the hashtag Birmingham Promise. Al.com reports Birmingham Promise is a public-private partnership that promised in June to provide funding for 20 rising Birmingham seniors or graduates to work in the city for seven weeks. At least one student from each city high school was included. Woodfin has said that program would offer scholarships for city graduates to attend college.

The mayor didn't provide specifics about the college promise, including sources of funding or possible limitations. He later tweeted that he wanted to clarify that in-state college for city graduates "will be funded ."