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Md. colleges should revive 'teacher pledge' tuition waiver

Md. colleges should revive 'teacher pledge' tuition waiver

In May of 1968, my future wife and I received our bachelor's degrees from what was then Towson State College, becoming the first in each of our families to do so. We walked away from campus carrying a diploma — and zero student debt.

We were part of a "pledge to teach" tuition waiver program through which we agreed to teach for two years in a public school in Maryland and were, in exchange, given a four-year, free education. Did Maryland get its money's worth? You be the judge: We worked for a combined 58 years in Baltimore City, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties and taught more than 7,000 students.

Maryland no longer has such a program, but it seems to me that what...