The Underappreciated Value of America’s Community Colleges

Governing: Although Forbes reports that Americans' college debt totals nearly $1.6 trillion, second only to home mortgage debt, the issue of higher-education costs has gotten little attention in the homestretch of the presidential campaign, drowned out by conflict over issues ranging from the response to the pandemic to achieving racial justice to how and when to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat.

That's not to say that the major-party candidates don't have positions on higher-education costs. Vice President Joe Biden, whose wife Dr. Jill Biden is a community college professor, has proposed extending free public education through at least two years of college and specifically making community colleges free.

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