Mayor Pugh Proposes Offering Free Community College to Graduating High Schoolers


By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

One piece of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s newly released violence-reduction plan rests on the idea that a financial jumpstart for college-bound high school grads can help keep them out of harm’s way.

Under pressure from community members and City Council members, Pugh unveiled her crime-fighting game plan yesterday morning at a press conference at City Hall. Councilman Brandon Scott, chair of the council’s public safety committee, had pressed her on the plan throughout the summer, and hundreds of residents rallied to call for its release last week after 97-year-old Waddell Tate was murdered in his home.

“I didn’t come into City Hall without a vision for moving the city forward,” Pugh said at the presser. “I just don’t want people to think we came into City Hall without a plan, because we did. The plan was very specific on what our focus would be, on transparency, on upgrading our police department, on technology and so forth that was needed.”


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