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Summary: This brief argues that the Brookings research is flawed and that there are studies proving these programs’ effectiveness.
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About "NEGATIVE BRIEF: TRIO and GEAR UP"
The Affirmative case enacts a plan proposed by some researchers at the Brookings Institution (see the brief for indictment of their specific research) that recommends reforming the TRIO and GEAR UP programs. These are programs created by Congress that attempt to aid disadvantaged students to enroll and complete college at higher rates. Affirmative reorganizes them into a single unit that then funds only programs with studies showing they work at getting more kids through college. Affirmative will argue that there is not enough evidence that Status Quo programs work, leading to the conclusion that most of them are a waste of money.
This brief argues that the Brookings research is flawed and that there are studies proving these programs’ effectiveness. More and better research is underway and we should wait until it’s finished before we take any drastic action. For now, there’s enough evidence that the Status Quo works to justify keeping it.
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