The Policy Proposition

by Alexander Chang (’23)

The Policy Proposition is a column dedicated to highlighting the political and economic issues that affect the nation and proposing policy that can address these concerns. I would like to create active discourse on the Saint Francis campus about remedying issues through the proposal and analysis of current policy.

The Policy Proposition: reforming political partisanship

by Alexander Chang (’23) | March 21, 2022 In an age of fervently partisan politics, polarization has made its way into all aspects of American life. Today’s hyperfixation on the latest partisan battle, however, hinders us from taking a step back and evaluating a core pillar of democracy: the judicial branch. The primary source of…

The Policy Proposition: putting charter schools to the test

by Alexander Chang (’23) | February 14th, 2022 Charter schools have come a long way since City Academy, the first publicly funded, privately run institution in the United States, opened its doors in 1992. Just three decades later, more than 7500 charter schools across the country provide instruction for nearly three and a half million…

The Policy Proposition: the gritty reality behind America’s opioid crisis

By Alexander Chang (’23) | November 19, 2021 Last October, Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the highly addictive opioid OxyContin, faced a public lawsuit and settled for eight billion dollars. OxyContin played a key role in the ongoing opioid crisis and will face complete dissolution within upcoming months. While the sun may be setting on…

The Policy Proposition: our failure to provide for the elderly

by Alexander Chang (’23) | October 11, 2021 Two million Americans currently reside in long-term care facilities, and that number is set to skyrocket as our population ages. Yet our current support systems for the elderly have failed to protect them from harm. The pandemic has only exacerbated these shortcomings with long-term care facilities making…