News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
President Signs Bill On College Tuition
District of Columbia high school students will be able to attend
colleges in Maryland and Virginia at in-state tuition rates, under
legislation signed by President Clinton on Nov. 12.
The bipartisan plan would allow Washington students to apply for federal grants of up to $10,000 per year to use toward the regular cost of out-of-state tuition at public universities in Maryland and Virginia, and up to $2,500 for private colleges in the two states, which border the District of Columbia.
Students must request the grants within three years of their high school graduation, unless they first serve in the military or the Peace Corps.
"It will ensure that the most economically disadvantaged students in our nation's capital are going to have access to a wide variety of colleges," Rep. Constance A. Morella, R-Md., said during floor debate this month.
The plan would receive $17 million for the 2000-01 academic year under the terms of the District of Columbia appropriations bill.
The spending measure—which is separate from the tuition measure— had been passed by the House and the Senate, but was awaiting the president's signature late last week.
—Joetta L. Sack
Child-Care Funds Sought
The answer to cutting youth violence is to provide more after-school and educational child-care programs, according to a recent national poll of law-enforcement officials. In recent weeks, the members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, which conducted the poll, have written members of Congress asking for increased funding for such programs.
In the poll, a majority of police chiefs who responded, 86 percent, said that expanding after-school and educational child-care programs would greatly reduce youth crime and violence.
An even higher proportion, 91 percent, said that if the United States did not spend more on after-school and educational child-care programs now, the nation would pay far more later in crime, welfare, and other costs.
The poll, conducted last month, surveyed 855 chiefs, from a sample including all 255 chiefs in cities with populations of more than 100,000 and a random sample of 600 chiefs serving smaller cities. The margin of error was 5 percentage points.
The Washington-based group is a national nonprofit anti-crime organization led by more than 500 police chiefs, sheriffs, police association presidents, prosecutors, and survivors of violent crime.
—Adrienne D. Coles
Vol. 19, Issue 13, Page 25