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Governor Kitzhaber’s 40-40-20 education plan for Oregon means that he wants 40% of Oregonians to have at least a four-year degree, 40% to have at least an Associate’s Degree and the remaining 20% to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. As graduation season is upon us, OPB reporter Rob Manning will join us to talk about the difficulty in getting absolutely everyone in the state equipped with a diploma or GED.

We’ll also talk with Oregon representative Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) about the different kinds of diplomas in the state — and some of the implications for federal aid. There are three other types of diplomas in addition to the standard diploma. As of 2012, the federal government will only give federal loans those who have a standard diploma or a GED.

Are you a student — or the parent of a student — getting a non-standard diploma? What challenges have you faced related to going to college because of it?

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