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Donald Norcross on Education

 

 


I led the charge to support our public schools

Our focus as a society must be to provide a world-class education for all our children, and to ensure affordable, accessible higher educational opportunities so that we can retain our best, brightest, and most industrious students.

In the state legislature, I led the charge to strengthen our state's higher education system that resulted in more opportunities for students and more resources at Rutgers-Camden and Rowan Universities and paved the way for a medical sciences research hub in our backyard.

In Congress, I will continue these efforts to support our public schools and increase participation in our region's outstanding universities, community colleges, and trade schools.

Source: 2014 House campaign website, DonaldNorcrossForCongress.com , Nov 4, 2014

Make two years of community college free.

Norcross signed making two years of community college free

Excerpts from press release from Tammy Baldwin, Senate sponsor: The America's College Promise Act makes two years of community college free by:

Community, technical, and tribal colleges enroll 40% of all college students today. Community colleges are uniquely positioned to partner with employers to create tailored training programs to meet economic needs within their communities such as nursing and advanced manufacturing.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, "College Courtesy of the Taxpayer? No Thanks," Jan. 9, 2015): One look at either community college outcomes or labor market outlooks reveals free college to be educational folly. Community college completion rates are atrocious: a mere 19.5% of community college students complete their programs. Meanwhile, the for-profit sector has an almost 63% completion rate. And [about 70%] of the new job categories in coming years will require a high school diploma or less.

Opposing argument: (Heritage Foundation, "Free Community College Is a Bad Deal", July 15, 2016): Free college proposals would subject community colleges to the same types of subsidies-induced inflation endemic at four-year institutions. And low-income students already have access to federal Pell Grants, which can cover the bulk of community college tuition. By contrast, a more open market of alternative schooling models, such as online or vocational education programs, could better tailor degrees at a lower cost.

Source: S.1716 & H.R.2962 15-H2962 on Jul 8, 2015

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