TOPS is a scholarship program providing money to Louisiana students who attend Louisiana state colleges. It’s completely merit based: Graduate with a 2.5 and score above the state ACT average (20) and the state pays your tuition. Recently, in order to create short terms savings and long term costs, some bureaucrats proposed eliminating or capping it. Here’s what one of the bureaucrats had to say in support of the cuts:
Louisiana Postsecondary Education Review Commission member David Longanecker argued that the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students has largely become the program “all the white folks get,” despite the state’s financial crunch.
Even more amazing than the blatant racism? The guy is president of something called the Western Interstate Commision for Higher Education, located in Colorado. So he’s a consultant we paid to provide that amazing insight. It might not be much, but I can think of at least one easy way to save some money.