Gown Towns: A Case Study of Say Yes to Education

Postsecondary education is the entry ticket to the middle class. But for low-income Americans college success is rare. While education has long been seen as a force for social mobility, inclusion, and equity, it is too often the great stratifier in practice.

Boosting social mobility requires interventions that widen the doors to college, and help more students succeed in post-secondary education. There have been a growing number of initiatives, especially “Promise” scholarship programs, aimed at cities and counties to help level the playing field and make a path to a good education available for all.

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