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A Waste of Money and a Nightmare

The editors of NRO have written a long and powerful editorial opposing Hillary Clinton’s plan for free tuition for families earning up to $125,000. The title of the piece gives you the idea: “A Remarkably Awful Student-Debt Plan.”

A quote from it:

Mrs. Clinton’s promise of “free” higher education at state schools would certainly prove to be a gigantic waste of money and a nightmare of inefficiency and corruption: That’s what federal programs are. But it is worse than that. The current model of federal support for higher education consists of supporting students and families, who then choose among the institutions of higher learning competing for them and the revenue that accompanies them. Take tuition out of the picture, and you no longer have anything that resembles a market. Mrs. Clinton proposes a “federal-state partnership” to end tuition; what that means in reality — what it always means — is the federal government stepping in as a director, funder, and, eventually, manager. It represents the beginning of what would amount to a federal takeover of the state-university system.
And there’s lots more.

Jane S. ShawJane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...

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