Does California need Calbright?

February 27, 2020

By Mikhail Zinshteyn
Published Feb. 27, 2020

When California created its first online community college in 2018, then-Gov. Jerry Brown, who championed the idea, called the move a "juggernaut that cannot be stopped."

"California is a leader. It will lead in this," he said.

But nearly two years later, the college, now called Calbright, is enduring new scrutiny from some lawmakers and faculty groups who question its purpose.

Calbright's fate matters not only to California but also to other states envisioning a public response to private nonprofit and for-profit online colleges that together enroll hundreds of thousands of students...

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