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The current administration and Congress have once again [#permalink]
19 Aug 2006, 14:31
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The current administration and Congress have once again practiced bad public policy in failing to increase Pell grants or at least limit their reduction for next yearâ€™s budget. Pell grants improve access to higher education for those who have historically been disadvantaged in our society by financial or other life circumstances, thereby helping recipients elevate themselves to the middle class. Without that access, the gap between the rich and poor in this country will continue to widen, increasingly straining the stability of our democracy.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion of this argument?
a) Total spending on programs targeted at improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students will increase in next yearâ€™s federal budget.
b) The neediest candidates for Pell grants often lack information about their eligibility for such grants.
c) Congress recently authorized a bill that will increase after-school programs in urban communities.
d) On average, an individual Pell grant funds less than 15% of the full cost of attending a four-year college or university.
e) Federal spending on education for next year will increase as a percentage of the total budget.
I received pell grants throughout undergrad school, yet they only paid part of the tuition. Foregone income, living expenses, insurance, transportation, books, etc. are where the real costs of education are incurred. Still, 15% is better than nothing.
(A) for me too.Conclusion is that without access gap widens.But the government is providing access by incresing expenditure on education for th disadvantaged.(B) suggests that the neediest do not know of the eligibility.But this doesent say that the pell grants hasnt been helping.
Pell grants improve access to higher education for those who have historically been disadvantaged in our society by financial or other life circumstances, thereby helping recipients elevate themselves to the middle class.
D for me
Pell grants improve access to higher education and Without that access, the gap between the rich and poor in this country will continue to widen I think D weakens this statement since the role of the pell grants is overestimated _________________
The conclusion here is 'the gap between the rich and poor in this country will continue to widen'. so if
'Total spending on programs targeted at improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students will increase in next yearâ€™s federal budget ' happens, the gap widening will slow down at the least.
B is out because the cru[ of the arguent is that the goverment is activeky doing harm. Even if the needest candidates are not aware of their eligibility, the argument contends that the government should not be closing a window of opportunity for less needy candidates.
Similarly, for D it doesn't matter how little of tuition is covered - at least that's something and that something is being taken away from the poor and that's the author's beef.
For C, urban communities that will recieve aid are not necessarily the same people that are prospective Pell grant receipients.
For E, the funding ight increase as %, but that could mean lower abslute figures if the whole budget shrinks. _________________
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