Sanders pushes free college tuition

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to introduce legislation in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to make college tuition-free. "We live in a highly competitive global economy and, if our economy is to be strong, we need the best-educated workforce in the world. That will not happen if, every year, hundreds of thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college, and if millions more leave school deeply in debt," the Vermont senator said in a statement Sunday.

His plan would provide tuition-free higher education to students at four-year colleges, the statement said, and is ­modeled after the way many European nations handle the costs of college. "Countries like Germany, Denmark, Sweden and many more are providing free or inexpensive higher education for their young people," Sanders said in the statement. "They understand how important it is to be investing in their youth. We should be doing the same."

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