Ore. House votes for free tuition for foster kids
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The state House has voted to allow former foster children to attend Oregon public universities and community colleges for free.
Lawmakers approved the bill on a 49-9 vote on Wednesday. It would apply to people under 25 years old attending universities, community colleges and Oregon Health and Science University. It is co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. Michael Dembrow of Portland and Republican Rep. Matt Wingard of Wilsonville.
Proponents say the measure would go a long way toward helping young people get a comfortable start in adulthood after aging out of the foster care system. But others call it a handout and question how the state would pay for it.
The measure goes to the Senate.