House Democrats recently revealed their plan to reshape higher education via the College Affordability Act, a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). It’s not quite “free” college for all, but it’s “free” college for a lot of people, plus heavy government spending on favored categories of people and programs. Think of it as Bernie Sanders lite.
Right now, with the Senate in Republican hands and Senate Education Chairman Lamar Alexander promoting his “skinny” HEA reauthorization bill, the College Affordability Act is going nowhere. But it’s still worth paying attention to. Democrats hope to enact a similar agenda — or one more radical — should they take the White House and Congress in 2020.
The bill is also a warning shot to Republicans, who for years have put higher education on the back-burner and watched it descend into politically correct chaos. Alexander’s HEA bill, which would tinker with federal student aid and reauthorize the status quo on everything else, is exactly what we don’t need.
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