So is New Haven Promise actually that big of a deal? Well, only time will tell if the program will have the transformative impact that many hope for. That said, in the context of ongoing reform in the city’s public schools, New Haven Promise sounds pretty promising indeed. In a simplified scheme, New Haven Promise could achieve three basic goals:
- The obvious: make college more accessible to New Haven’s public school students.
- Create a college-going culture in the public schools that boosts student achievement in the long term.
- Attract families to settle in the city of New Haven, boosting home values and contributing to economic development.
New Haven Promise isn’t the first program of it’s kind, and there’s evidence to suggest that other Promise programs have delivered real results. So was yesterday’s announcement the biggest EVER in the history of New Haven? That’s up for debate. But as Joe Beiden would say, it’s a pretty BFD.
Check out the City’s website for New Haven Promise here.