WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she is expanding her New College Compact:
“The AFT has long pressed for breaking down barriers that prevent students from attending college, and for a far broader and deeper investment in postsecondary education.
“With the New College Compact, Hillary has incorporated the best policy ideas she’s heard from millennials on the trail, as well as ideas from leaders like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, to further strengthen her bold and progressive college affordability plan. We too have heard some of these ideas from the scores of our members who have utilized our student debt clinics.
“Clinton’s New College Compact eliminates financial obstacles for future students, helps those already dealing with debt get their feet under them by allowing them to refinance their loans, and ensures that states invest in higher education. This plan shows Hillary’s commitment to working together to break down barriers and level the playing field so all students have a fair shot at getting a higher education.”
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