New Mexico bill would force students to apply to college
By MARY HUDETZ and MORGAN LEE
January 31, 2018 04:45 PM
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s high school juniors would be required to apply to at least one college or show they have committed to other post-high school plans as part of a new high school graduation requirement being pushed by two state lawmakers.
The proposal is scheduled for its first legislative hearing on Thursday. If it eventually becomes law, New Mexico would be the first state to require post-high school plans of students, said Jennifer Zinth, who is the director of high school and STEM research at the Education Commission of the States, a Denver-based group that tracks education policy.
The bill sponsored by Rep. Nate Gentry, a Republican, and Daniel Ivey-Soto, a Democrat, would make it mandatory for public school juniors to apply to at least one two- or four-year college. Exceptions would be made for students who can prove they have committed to military service, a vocational program, or work upon graduation in an apprenticeship or internship. Parents and school guidance counselors would have to approve of the students’ plans.
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This has to be the dumbest piece of legislation I’ve heard of lately.
As the “college degree” has been generally acknowledged as worthless unless you want to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or such. The cost of “college” inflict a huge debt burden on the “student” that is often impossible to repay. The inflation of college cost is linked to the Gooferment, its loan programs, and its subsidization of “state skrules”.
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