In light of this, the trims that could come through the GOP tax plan hardly threaten to wreak higher education Ragnarok. Indeed, they may do for colleges and universities what the latest movie did for Thor: provide a much needed haircut.
It sounds like school choice fans are pretty happy to see the GOP tax plan allowing up to $10,000 per year from tax‐favored 529 savings plans to be used for elementary and secondary expenses. But happy or not, for several reason this is probably bad policy.
Research finds that the low‐income students who enrolled in private schools via the Florida Tax Credit scholarship program were about 15 percent more likely to enroll in college than statistically matched public school students.
The nation would be better off if we looked not for sweeping government solutions to racial divides but rather individual people and communities—civil society—to do the complex, highly personal work of healing and uniting.
Today, the “churches” conceived by Mann—the public schools—are themselves enriched by lotteries. Maybe that’s because they could never spread the universal enlightenment that Mann confidently promised.