- Massachusetts: Offering two years of free college in the state would cost between $325 million and $631 million per year, according to an analysis by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. The report explores several potential models, such as covering tuition at only certain public schools and only for in-state students (Balonon-Rosen, "Learning Lab," WBUR, 7/21).
- Ontario: This fall, the University of Windsor will welcome its first-ever Cartoonist-in-Residence. Graphic novelist Scott Chantler—who has won the industry's highly regarded Eisner award—describes himself as an "advocate" for comics and says he hopes to bring students more information about the practical, business side of publishing (Wye, OurWindsor.ca, 7/1; University of Windsor release, 7/20).
- Washington, D.C.: This week, first lady Michelle Obama hosted about 130 college-bound students to celebrate the obstacles they have overcome and brainstorm ideas for expanding access and support for college. The summit is part of the first lady's "Reach Higher" initiative, which encourages students to seek higher education in spite of obstacles they may face (Greenberg, Washington Post, 7/23).
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