Department of Redundancy Department
You have proposed a national plan to provide funding to help students pay for college. You also say that, rather spending your time here in L.A. doing your job, you're going to spend time in traveling to other cities to promote your proposal.
Please explain why the following existing programs to help students pay for college are supposedly inadequate, and why we need yet another. While you're at it, please explain why your city budget provides funding for 23 "gang programs," as opposed to, say, one or none. And where are you getting the money for the road show?
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Academic Competitiveness Grants
National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant
Federal Perkins Loans
Stafford Loans (Federal Family Education Loans and Direct Loans)
California Chafee Grant Program
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
Please note, moreover, that the foregoing programs do not include the below-cost, subsidized tuitions charged at state schools. Nor does the list include private scholarships, such as the U.S. News & World Report Scholarship that yours truly received.
Indeed, where is the evidence that ANY children qualified to attend college are unable to attend it due to finances?