New college tuition idea from Senator Clinton’s American Dream Initiative. Clinton, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), and Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA) describe it here in today’s Denver Post:
We propose a plan to produce one million more college and community college graduates a year by 2015. Paid for by getting rid of wasteful business subsidies, our plan consolidates existing tax credits into a new $3,000 refundable tax credit for four years of college or training, and proposes a performance-based block grant that will enable states to reduce tuition costs and increase graduation rates. Together, these ideas will make it possible for any student willing to work part-time or perform community service to go to college for four years tuition-free.
It’s an innovative framework and higher ed is not a bad place for Dems to focus going into 2008 since it’s easier to achieve party unity than around K-12 where there are some tough issues thwarting consensus. But, ultimately you’ve got to have something to say about K-12 ’cause these college graduates have to come from somewhere.