The Problem(s) with Obama's Community College Plan - And an Alternative

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Washington Post

President Obama last month unveiled a plan to offer free community college tuition to students who meet specific criteria in what this Washington Post story called “one of his most ambitious, expensive and likely controversial initiatives for the coming year. The cost estimate, the White House said, would be around $60 billion over 10 years, most of it paid by the federal government but some by states. While there are huge questions about whether the Republican-led Congress would approve the plan and appropriate money towards it, the proposal has generated a great deal of debate nationally.

In the following post, the authors critique the plan and offer what they think is a far better use of public money. It was written by  Carolyn P. Ash, education consultant on diversity, equity and access issues in education and managing director of Ash Consulting Group;  Alan A. Aja, assistant professor and deputy chair in the Department of Puerto Rican & Latin Studies at Brooklyn College;  William Darity, Jr.,  Samuel Du Bois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University; and  Darrick Hamilton, associate professor of economics and urban policy at Milano, the New School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.

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