D.C. Lawmakers Propose Requiring Students to Apply to College

Fox News, January 7, 2012

Lawmakers in the nation’s capital have floated a plan to require high school students to apply to college or trade school—even if the students have no interest in attending.

The proposal is a bid to ensure students in the troubled Washington, D.C., school system at least have the know-how to navigate the admissions process.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, who introduced the bill, said the proposal would establish a “mandatory workshop” to teach teenagers how to apply for aid and admission. It would then require everybody to apply to at least one post-secondary school before graduation.

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The bill would also require every high school student to take the SAT or ACT tests. While the admissions and test-taking process would entail fees, Brown said he would work with the school system to make sure students have the “resources” to apply.

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Brown argued Wednesday that some D.C. students aren’t going to college simply because they “don’t know how to navigate the enrollment process.”

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  • What is the purpose of this? Many of students do not have the grades or test scores to enter college. Why give these students false hope?

  • The reason they want all students at least to apply to college is that just using the law of averages, more DCPS students in raw number and probably also percentage of the whole will be accepted to college.  And I’m sure there are public or private funding sources for districts that are linked to either the percentage of students or the raw number of students that either apply to college or accepted to college.

    The reason they want all students to take the ACT or SAT?  Not sure, but money plays into it somehow.  It could be something like the College Board or ACT Inc guaranteeing the relatives of DCPS Board Members or DC City Council members lifetime jobs/sinecures.

    It’s always the money.

    What if a given D.C. student doesn’t apply to college?  What is the punishment?  Denial of diploma?  They won’t give a student a diploma based on his or her free will choice not to attend college.  Sure, that will survive an equal protection clause challenge in court.  This sounds so “individual mandate” to me.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Kwame Brown claims the reason more blacks don’t go to college is because “they don’t know how to navigate the enrollment process”.

    Question: Should someone who’s so dumb they can’t figure out how to enroll in college really even be in a university?

  • Anonymous

    Will someone please conduct a study into the relationship between the number of people named “Kwame” on a city council and that city’s quality of life?

  • Plus, applications will go up at some community college in DC – that doesn’t happen to charge an application fee – so that community college will need more funds so it can handle the increased size of it’s student body.

  • Anonymous

    Kwame, you’re  oh, so wrong. Those who can manage to ‘navigate the process’  for SNAP, EBT, Section 8, etc. could damn sure maneuver their way through a college admissions process. However, they have no desire to go to college, nor do they belong. Heck, they won’t even bother with high school and it’s totally free to them.  The few who do participate are walked through the process just like everyone else.

    I would love the chance to discuss this with Kwame, and repeatedly call him “Kway’m” instead of “Kwahm -ee”.

  • Anonymous

    Kwame, you’re  oh, so wrong. Those who can manage to ‘navigate the process’  for SNAP, EBT, Section 8, etc. could damn sure maneuver their way through a college admissions process. However, they have no desire to go to college, nor do they belong. Heck, they won’t even bother with high school and it’s totally free to them.  The few who do participate are walked through the process just like everyone else.

    I would love the chance to discuss this with Kwame, and repeatedly call him “Kway’m” instead of “Kwahm -ee”.

  • This happened once the government became the guarantor of 1 trillion dollars worth of college loan debt that cannot be repaid and is furthermore collected by government-sponsored and connected agencies. The percent of people who graduate with a 4 year degree in 6 years is sub 35 percent, even with the proliferation of fraud degrees like African American Studies.

    They just want every dummy suckered into their debt trap that cannot be discharged with bankruptcy.

    • In California, it can take a person 6 years to get a degree because of the cuts made in the number of courses that are offered. My niece actually had to crash closed classes at San Diego State in order to get the required classes to graduate. BTW, she graduated with honors.

  • What is the point in having those not smart enought to look up how to apply for college to have people paid to do it for them? How low can IQ, SAT,ACT be where affirmitive action still lets them in?

  • I have heard of colleges waiving application fees and ACT and SAT test fees are waived for poor applicants.

  • this must be about getting more dangerous blacks onto campuses, and everyone else too, it is about money and indoctrination.