Can he be serious?

soapbox_man44_tWhen we try to curb the surges of unchanging human nature or to quench a conflagration with an act of legislature, ….–A. Guiterman

Tom Reed writes:

Tom Reed continued his fight for college students and working families by unveiling a comprehensive proposal aimed at reducing college costs. “We care about the working families and college students that are struggling keep up with the rising cost of education,” said Reed. “It’s only right that we work together to get these costs in check, which is why we brought together our Vision for Students. We must use all available tools to make sure college is affordable and accessible. That’s why our proposal forces colleges to be transparent about how they are spending tuition dollars.”

The Vision for Students is a comprehensive plan that focuses on innovative solutions to encourage transparency and accountability at colleges, which will bring overall costs down.

The plan includes Reed’s REDUCE Act which, requires schools with endowments larger than $1 billion dollars to use returns on those endowments for direct tuition relief for middle and working class families or risk hefty tax penalties.

In addition, the proposal requires colleges to submit plans to keep costs below the rate of inflation. Should colleges fail to comply with these plans, they could see reductions in certain federal aid programs. That funding would then be redirected to schools that perform well and keep costs low.

“This is about making colleges compete in the market place. We have to expose them to market forces and stop insulating them with endless taxpayer funding at the expense of students and their families,” said Reed.

Lastly, the proposal requires colleges to disclose administrator salary information and total compensation, including extravagant benefits packages that include housing expenses, vehicles and membership fees to elite social clubs, for all college employees. That information will be disclosed on the individual college’s website in a searchable format.

“Our proposal will force colleges to put students first and disclose information that will show families just how tuition dollars are being used, cutting through the smoke and mirrors. As tuition goes up, so does the debt for those that can afford it least. In turn, that debt is crippling a generation of kids and it’s just not fair. This proposal will help bring innovative solutions needed to get this problem under control,” Reed concluded.

Other than by forcing schools to fund more scholarships, Tom’s plan doesn’t mention helping students pay or reducing the debt burden on those still burdened by it.

    • “The Vision for Students is a comprehensive plan that focuses on innovative solutions to encourage transparency and accountability at colleges, which will bring overall costs down.” This is dubious at best–it assumes tuition doesn’t significantly reflect necessary expenses.
    • The plan includes Reed’s REDUCE Act which, requires schools with endowments larger than $1 billion dollars to use returns on those endowments for direct tuition relief for middle and working class families or risk hefty tax penalties.

REDUCE Act

  • “In addition, the proposal requires colleges to submit plans to keep costs below the rate of inflation. Should colleges fail to comply with these plans, they could see reductions in certain federal aid programs. That funding would then be redirected to schools that perform well and keep costs low.” If low cost were the only consideration, students would choose low cost schools today. 
  • “This is about making colleges compete in the market place. We have to expose them to market forces and stop insulating them with endless taxpayer funding at the expense of students and their families,” said Reed.” Endless taxpayer dollars? Really, Tom? Costs reflect market forces today; Tom’s proposal would replace that with government coercion choosing winners and losers.
  • “Lastly, the proposal requires colleges to disclose administrator salary information and total compensation, including extravagant benefits packages that include housing expenses, vehicles and membership fees to elite social clubs, for all college employees. That information will be disclosed on the individual college’s website in a searchable format.” Elite social clubs? Again Reed assumes that expenses significantly reflect extravagance.
  • “Our proposal will force colleges to put students first and disclose information that will show families just how tuition dollars are being used, cutting through the smoke and mirrors. As tuition goes up, so does the debt for those that can afford it least. In turn, that debt is crippling a generation of kids and it’s just not fair. This proposal will help bring innovative solutions needed to get this problem under control,” Reed concluded.” Smoke and mirrors? What innovative solutions, Tom?

Tom has college-age children which doubtless focuses his attention on the cost of education. His view is one-sided: force costs down by law. Tom talks market forces but proposes dictatorship.

Note: the Vision document contains proposals which weren’t examined; some may be worthwhile.

https://reed.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/reed-fights-students-working-families

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3 Responses to Can he be serious?

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    “We have to expose them to market forces and stop insulating them with endless taxpayer funding …” says Reed. Let’s try that with legislators. The ones that get results that make the US strengthen education will be paid. Those that don’t can get a job.

  2. whungerford says:

    There is a belief in simple-minded solutions to real problems–just call CEOs and tell them to keep jobs here, put colleges on notice to lower salaries, if only wishing made it so.

  3. Deb Meeker says:

    If only calling and notices made it so, we might have real democracy.

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