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Another Democratic candidate signs on to student debt relief

An ‘intentional and affirmative investment of unprecedented scale’

Yet another Democratic candidate for president has signed on to a student debt relief plan, adding to the considerable number of contenders that have endorsed such schemes.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a presidential candidate who has consistently ranked low in the polls since announcing his candidacy, released a plan last week meant to relieve student debt for poor students. The proposal is framed as a measure to address anti-black racism in the United States.

The Douglass Plan is “a comprehensive and intentional dismantling of racist structures and systems combined with an equally intentional and affirmative investment of unprecedented scale in the freedom and self-determination of Black Americans,” Buttigieg’s campaign states. That plan proposes numerous socio-political initiatives, touching on topics such as healthcare and criminal justice reform.

Among the proposals include a measure for debt cancellation:

We will cancel the debts of borrowers in low-quality, overwhelmingly for-profit programs beginning with those that failed federal “gainful employment” rules designed to ensure students receive an adequate return on their investments where the federal government should never have allowed students to enroll. We will hold those colleges accountable for their predatory actions.

The plan also calls for “invest[ing] in college students’ futures by making public college tuition free for low-income students,” as well as an “increase [in] dedicated resources by $25 billion for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority-Serving Institutions.”

Read the plan here.

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