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Beyond Quotas

by Roger Cleggvia Policy Review
Friday, May 1, 1998

A color-blind vision for affirmative action

The State of the States

by Steven Haywardvia Policy Review
Friday, May 1, 1998

State of the states: union dues and political contributions; environmental waivers; eliminating racial preferences

Memphis’s Medical Graceland

by G. Scott Morrisvia Policy Review
Friday, May 1, 1998

Traditional health care neglects the working poor. A church-based clinic steps in

I’ll Stand Bayou

by Joseph Locontevia Policy Review
Friday, May 1, 1998

Louisiana couples choose a more muscular marriage contract

Beasley Makes it Finah in Carolina

by Steven Haywardvia Policy Review
Friday, May 1, 1998

Steven Hayward profiles South Carolina governor David Beasley

The Covenant Marriage

by Chris Caldwellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

When people say "I do," how can we ensure that they will? Hoover media fellow Christopher Caldwell examines an effort by the state of Louisiana to shore up the institution of marriage.

Reengineering College Student Financial Aid

via Analysis
Wednesday, April 1, 1998

Our society continues to assign considerable value to higher education and, for the most part, desires to have it in the reach of deserving students. Differences arise, however, over the definition of deserving and who should pay for that education. When limited financial resources are available from government as well as from the private sector, student financial aid resources must be used efficiently. The congressional elections of 1994 and 1996 seem to indicate that the majority of the electorate desires to downsize big government, with its bureaucracy and red tape, and to bring decisions on policy and resource utilization closer to the affected populations and the taxpayers who must finance them.

The model presented in this essay seeks to assign to the three sources of student financial aid--the federal government, state governments, and the institutional and private sector--responsibility for helping to fund specific college costs that students and their parents cannot pay. The roles stipulated in the model for federal and state government adhere to the provisions of the United States Constitution. More than $50 billion is awarded each year in student financial aid; $35 billion of that comes from the federal treasury so federal programs receive particular attention.

Reducing the multiplicity of federal student aid programs will certainly be challenged by those who fear that their largesse from Washington will diminish. Resistance to the changes proposed in this essay can be expected, including the argument that these programs have worked well over time and simply need more funding to make them even better. This essay presents what it is hoped are compelling reasons for reengineering all student financial aid now. The changes will bring about greater effectiveness, efficiency, and equity.

The State of the States

by Steven Haywardvia Policy Review
Sunday, March 1, 1998

Steven Hayward on the conservative way to equalize school funding, and other news from the states

The Gold Star State

by Tyce Palmaffyvia Policy Review
Sunday, March 1, 1998

How Texas jumped to the head of the class in elementary-school achievement

Transforming Arkansas Government

by William D. Eggersvia Policy Review
Sunday, March 1, 1998

William D. Eggers on private efforts to streamline Arkansas’s wide-bodied state government