The Issue Of Free Community Essay

1318 WordsOct 20, 20166 Pages
The Issue of Free Community Colle The United Stated uses a system of federalism, which means that the state governments and the federal government have exclusive powers that belong to them. Some powers however are shared between the state and the national government. These are called concurrent powers. For example, both governments can borrow money, build roads and spend money for the general welfare. Traditionally, the federal government has exclusive powers such as declaring war, having an army and navy, regulate interstate commerce, and regulate currency. The Tenth Amendment in the Bill of Rights states that powers that are not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the States are reserved to the states. On January 8th, 2015 President Obama introduced his plan for free community college tuition for students. Since education is not mentioned in the United States Constitution according to the Tenth Amendment, education is a power belonging to the state. According to departments.bucknell.edu, most states have an agency to govern education within the state. With President Barack Obama’s zero cost tuition plan for community colleges the federal government will pay for 75% of the tuition fee for the community college students while the state would be forced to pick up 25% of the costs. Since President Obama’s plan calls for the state to cover some of the cost in order to provide free community college for some students, the states
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