One of the first bills to grab traction at the Legislature aims to give all Oregon high school graduates a free two years at a community college if they want it.
The Senate Education Committee gave thumbs up to Senate Bill 1524, which requires the Higher Education Coordinating Committee to study the idea and report back later this year. That could set up a potential up or down vote on the proposal in the 2015 legislative session.
Supporters, including Gov. John Kitzhaber, hailed the proposal as a groundbreaking way to ensure more Oregonians go to college and to reduce the increasingly weighty debt load students take on.