Anne Kim is a Washington Monthly contributing editor and the author of Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection.
While Washington, D.C. debates huge student debt relief packages, some universities are finding that modest loan forgiveness and support services can get students back to class and help schools’ bottom line, too.
Right now, the federal loan program won’t pay for many job training programs, even if they lead to great jobs. The answer is “short-term” Pell Grants to provide a pathway to the middle class.
Maxine Waters has a well-intentioned but bad idea for promoting homeownership and wealth for Black Americans. There are better ways.
The president’s big speech featured a progressive wish list, but it was missing a proposal that makes for excellent policy and politics.
I used to believe Clinton’s welfare reform would fix the old system and help millions, but the must-work rules backfired. There’s a better way.