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Kerry: 1M more college students could graduate« Thread Started on Jun 30, 2004, 1:07am »--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Kerry: 1M more college students could graduate'The opportunity they need to make the American dream real'Tuesday, June 29, 2004 Posted: 12:51 PM EDT (1651 GMT) A part of John Kerry's educational program includes addressing "subtle discrimination" that he says holds back some schoolgirls. CHICAGO (AP) -- Democrat John Kerry, pledging to help low-income and minority students, says if he's elected president 1 million more college students would graduate under his plan than is now forecast.Kerry's campaign says the goal could be fulfilled within five years of his taking office by reducing the cost of education, but population increases also would help."We can't rest until all Americans, black and white, rich and poor, people of all colors and all backgrounds, truly have the opportunity they need to make the American dream real," Kerry said in a statement.About 2 million students will earn bachelor's and associate's degrees this year, according to Education Department statistics, and the number of students attaining those degrees each year is forecast to increase by almost 100,000 by 2010.Kerry's pledge would increase those gains tenfold.Kerry has already promised to increase college enrollment by 1.5 million students within five years of taking office.The department projected that enrollments in all degree-granting institutions already will rise from 15.9 million this year to nearly 17.2 million in 2010.Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt said Kerry's pledges to increase enrollment and graduation are "empty promises."Schmidt noted that Kerry already has said he'll have to scale back some of his earlier education funding proposals because of the growing deficit.Schmidt also pointed to a USA Today article published Monday that showed that the share of what students pay in tuition and fees has fallen in recent years, because of federal tax breaks and increases in state and federal grants.Kerry often tells voters that tuition rates have gone up during Bush's presidency, making it harder for average American families to get by. (Kerry blames Bush for partisanship in Washington)Kerry was announcing his goal at two civil rights gatherings on Tuesday -- first in the morning at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition in Chicago and later in the afternoon at the National Council of La Raza in Phoenix.Minority leadershipKerry has been seeking minority support for his campaign, but some black and Hispanic leaders have expressed disappointment with aspects of his campaign, including a shortage of minorities in key campaign leadership roles.Arturo Vargas, executive director of National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials said when it comes to Hispanics in decision-making positions in the presidential race, "I don't think either campaign has done well enough to date, frankly." Vargas was speaking after Kerry addressed NALEO on Saturday.Kerry's education plan emphasizes support for minority enrollments in college.He would require colleges to report to parents and students annual data on the number of minority, low-income and middle-income students enrolling and graduating.Kerry says he'll make a special push to encourage students to study math, science and technology by spending $100 million more annually on scholarships for those fields and $20 million more than Bush requested to spend this year on programs in those areas at colleges with large minority enrollment.Money for those programs would come from Kerry's plan to raise $30 billion, which he announced last week, by speeding the transition to digital television and auctioning off the space created on broadcast airwaves, his campaign said.Kerry says he will divide a $100 million incentive fund among colleges that increase graduation rates of low-income students receiving Pell Grants.And he says he'll offer $10 billion in federal relief for states they commit to keep tuition increases at or below the rate of inflation for two years.Helping to promote Kerry's plan to increase enrollment in math and science programs are former astronaut Sally Ride and Kerry's daughter Vanessa, a student at Harvard Medical School.Vanessa Kerry told reporters Monday that her dad encouraged her to enter the sciences, and she can attest that it is one of his core beliefs that more women should do so.