$50 per kid for college

Every San Francisco kindergartener would get a city-funded $50 college savings bond under a plan proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, write columnists Matier and Ross.

The idea behind the Kindergarten to College program would be for San Francisco to seed an account for each of the 4,500 children who enter kindergarten in the city’s public schools each year. The students and their families would take it from there.

The money could be used only for college and would come out of the general fund.

All students would be eligible for the $50, regardless of immigration status.  However, many illegal immigrants don’t have bank accounts. Newsom, who’s planning a run for governor, is trying to figure out how to  deal with that.

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  1. 1)I bet the administrative cost of this program will exceed the value of the money distributed…check out “cash for clunkers” for comparison.

    2)The very nature of the program tends to marginalize and disrespect people whose career goals do not involve college. I guess if you want to use your giant $50 savings bond to help you start a small restaurant, you’re out of luck.

    3)A significant % of Gavin Newsome’s core voters are surely college professors, aspiring college professors, and college administrators. Programs like this one are ways of steering more $$$ into their hands.

  2. Why not give one to every baby born, as was once proposed? Or give one per year–I mean, $50 won’t even buy a textbook.

    This is stupid, even by San Francisco standards. I long for the day when people used to believe that public funds shouldn’t be spent on “charity”.

  3. Bill Leonard says:

    Mayor Gavin Newsom is another bona fide wingnut in a city that has far more than its share. (Where else could a transvestite who dresses as a nun and calls himself ‘Sister Boom-Boom’ run for the Board of Supervisors and get 12 percent or so of the vote?)

    California voters who are readers of JJ’s blog should keep this scheme in mind, along with quite a few others that Newsom’s been associated with.

  4. Gavin Newsome is an idiot. He protects illegal immigrants from prosecution when they commit heinous crimes – like murdering a father and son in cold blood, for no apparent reason. How fruitcakes like that keep getting re-elected, I’ll never know.

  5. “2)The very nature of the program tends to marginalize and disrespect people whose career goals do not involve college. I guess if you want to use your giant $50 savings bond to help you start a small restaurant, you’re out of luck.”

    Great point! Why is it always and only about college? There are many ways for people to benefit themselves and society without the need for a college diploma.

  6. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    Gavin “AnyTwosome” Newsome continues his social engineering agenda and…HE MUST BE STOPPED! He has no respect for the sovereignty of our nation, for the laws that protect that sovereignty, for the foundational principles of our nation, or for any kind of fiscal responsibility to the taxpaying citizens of California. If he could be recalled, I’d be the first to sign my name to that petition. Also…as a teacher, let me remind people that not everyone can or should go to college…bring back vocational education for those who could benefit society with actual practical skills. There is nothing inherently more noble about being a lawyer, doctor, or sociologist than being a plumber, electrician or auto mechanic. (Enough of the elitist snobbery and misplaced egalitarianism.) But all of those jobs are infinitely more noble than being a HACK POLITICIAN, no matter which Ivy League institution he or she attended. ‘Nuff said.