An article in the Sacramento Bee says Elk Grove City Councilman Jim Cooper, who received a master's degree from Saint Mary's College earlier this year, is the city's first elected official to receive tuition reimbursement as an employment benefit.

Dan Israel, director of the Master of Arts in Leadership Program at Saint Mary's College, calls Elk Grove's policy enlightened.

Educating elected officials is "essential if we're going to have effective city governments," Israel said.

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