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Commentary: Can community colleges deliver on diplomas?

California's politicians and educators are getting serious about how to solve an immense and vexing problem - the graduation rate at community colleges.

Until now, nothing has worked - indeed, the graduation rate slipped 1 percent over the last decade. Shockingly, research shows that 70 percent of California's 2.1 million community college students neither earn a two-year associate degree nor transfer to a four-year school in six years.

Historically, funding for the state's 114 community colleges was based on enrollment. But starting

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