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.
The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey helps explain why students at the College of William and Mary shut down an invited speaker from the ACLU. Most students believe that “supporting someone’s right to say racist things is as bad as holding racist views yourself,” that hate speech is an act of violence, and that society can ban hate speech while still protecting free speech.
The newly released Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey finds that nearly two‐thirds (65%) of Americans agree that “college students should discuss offensive costumes among themselves without administrators getting involved.” A third (33%) say “college administrators have a responsibility to advise college students not to wear Halloween costumes that stereotype certain racial or ethnic groups at off‐campus parties.”
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.