Governor Cuomo Proposes Excelsior Scholarship, Jan 6

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a proposal to provide free tuition at CUNY and SUNY schools for students with annual family incomes below $125,000. He made the announcement January 3 alongside Senator Bernie Sanders at LaGuardia Community College. Here is the PoliticoNY coverage and here is the news release and video from the Governor’s Office. President Bowen was at the event with members of the LaGuardia Community College PSC chapter. The union has released this statement to the press calling the proposal “a conceptual breakthrough” and arguing for an “equally visionary agenda for public higher education investment.” PSC Secretary Nivedita Majumdar explained the PSC’s position on WBAI (Jan. 4 Morning Show, time stamp 1:47:45). Editorials in the Daily News and the New York Times made similar points about the need for investment. Among early responses to the proposal (the Governor has released only a few details) are some that argue it leaves out too many students and doesn’t help the poorest students who already receive financial aid but still struggle.