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Cleveland official wants to help kids save for college

Associated Press • Dec 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Ed FitzGerald, executive for the county that includes Cleveland and suburbs, tells The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/Va96EM ) he thinks the move will create a "culture of college attendance" for children and their parents.

The effort — which would kick off next fall with about 15,000 children — would fulfill the county charter's mandate that county leaders establish a postsecondary scholarship program. FitzGerald said he wants to create an incentive program for all county children instead of a traditional scholarship.

According to research, children who have designated some savings for school are nearly four times more likely to attend a four-year college than those with no account.

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