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three cheers for the california dream act!!!

The Dream Act is no longer just a dream in California!!!

California Governor Jerry Brown (D), signed into law The Dream Act,  a bill that will allow students, who live legally in the United States but lack legal documentation, to qualify for Federal and State Financial Aid!

This is a wonderful opportunity for California to invest in its best and brightest students, ensuring they receive equal opportunity to Financial Aid funding for Higher Education.

I work at a University in Florida and I am absolutely thrilled for California, happy that Gov. Jerry Brown stood up to the opposition and did what is right for the people of California – for the FUTURE of California.

Florida had an opportunity to pass the Dream Act a couple of years ago.  It failed.  The Republicans opposed the bill.

Florida was wrong to deny its residents access to higher education.  It is just plain wrong.

The Dream Act is a win-win for the students, the state, and the university the student attends.   Let me explain why.   Here is a scenario about the opportunities of the Dream Act:

Scenario:

Student John Doe was brought to the USA by his parents when he was just an infant.  His parents are poor, uneducated, but able to see the importance of elementary and high school for their children.    Like his parents,  John is not an “official”  American citizen, though he regularly attends public school.  He has always maintained an A Plus GPA.  He is a natural leader and was named Valedictorian of his graduating class.   John is a very talented student in every sense and he dreams of becoming either science teacher, or scientist.  He is passionate about teaching and understands the schools today need good teachers.

All of Johns teachers;  his Principal and Guidance Counselor, encourage him, but for naught.  John would never be able to attend college, and he knows it.  The cost of college is way beyond the reach of his parents.

What will his future be after High School?  Minimum wage?  Fast food?  Retail?  Waiter?

There is no way John can dream of a career as a science teacher, or a scientist.  What will happen to him?  After High School, he will be a number – a poverty statistic.   He’ll be one of the shadow people who live at or below the poverty level.

The fact that talent like John’s will go to waste is a crime; it’s also a crime for the US to NOT have the benefit of John’s intelligence and his future contributions.  John would have made a difference, but antiquated laws kept him handcuffed and in the shadows of poverty.

Thanks to Governor Jerry Brown, it is a new day for John Doe.

Today, John can have the education he deserves.  He has worked hard for it.   Tomorrow, we will be the benefactors of what John will contribute to society.

The Dream Act for Higher Education will have a ripple effect.  One drop in the pond will send waves that reach out-and-out-and-out, like the reach of good Karma.  Just as  good begets good, John will touch the lives of countless students when he becomes a teacher,

This dream has been a long time coming; thank Heaven for visionary leaders like Jerry Brown.

Scott Jaschik, writing for Inside Higher Ed, a popular source for higher education, has this to say in today’s edition

Giving undocumented students access to state student aid is seen as particularly important, by advocates for such students, for a number of reasons. Many have very low-income levels (because they cannot legally hold jobs), and they are ineligible for federal aid. So state aid, combined with access to in-state tuition rates, can make a big difference in their ability to enroll. The bill would cover only those who graduated from a California high school and who affirm that they are taking all possible steps to legalize their immigration status.

So, Alabama, with your Stalinist immigration policies!    ….Take that!  

 

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