LatinaLista — Yesterday, the web site change.org announced that they have finally culled a list of ten winning ideas (from the hundreds they received) that they will present to the Obama administration for consideration to implement.
Though not in any particular order, the list leads with Pass the DREAM Act: Support Higher Education for All Students. Congratulations to all the students who worked tirelessly to get the necessary votes to bring it to the top ten.
An education report reveals that in the next five years there will have to be significant investment in higher education for Hispanic immigrants if the country is to remain globally competitive. Yet, passage of the DREAM Act would address some of those concerns of the future economy while providing the quickest impact on students and setting the tone for true educational reform.
Reforming education is usually a standard political campaign promise for politicians who want to garner easy votes. A quick review of the planned educational reforms on the Obama-Biden agenda reveal that the new administration made a wide range of campaign promises: improving early childhood education options, reforming No Child Left Behind, addressing the dropout crisis and simplifying the financial aid process for college applicants among several others.
One reform that is noticeably absent, but was supported by Obama during the campaign, was passage of the DREAM Act. It is a bill that would enable undocumented students to attend college and pay in-state tuition.
Part of the criticism against the DREAM Act has always been the cost to educate undocumented students. In contrast, the cost for all the reforms the incoming administration wants to undertake will be supported because it will be argued that it is in the best interest of the countryâ€™s future to fund them.
Yet, itâ€™s funny how the same argument is never applied to those students who have lived their whole lives in the United States, are academically prepared to tackle college and ready to give back to the country in ways that would far exceed the costs of their college education. Well, perhaps a report that found the nationâ€™s economic future hinges on the need to fund higher education programs specifically targeting â€œHispanic immigrantsâ€ will shed new thinking on a tired argument.