January 29, 2014
The Virginian-Pilot reports, "A Virginia version of a law affording in-state college tuition to some students whose parents immigrated here with them illegally passed a House subcommittee Tuesday. The House Higher Education Subcommittee recommended approving the bill - carried by a Republican, Del. Tom Rust of Fairfax County - and sending it to the chamber's Appropriations Committee. It voted to table two other versions of the legislation, carried by Del. Alfonso Lopez and Del. Kaye Kory, both Democrats who have fought several years for passage of the law."
Progressive Point: We can only prepare a truly competitive Commonwealth workforce for tomorrow by guaranteeing every child in Virginia access to a world-class education today. Securing in-state tuition for qualified students who were brought to this country through no fault of their own is key to the development of a successful future workforce. All students, no matter their background, deserve a fair shot to succeed in the classroom and in our economy.
Virginia's record as the best place in the country to do business will suffer without providing the opportunity to succeed to every student. Our Commonwealth's competitiveness can only be enhanced by ensuring access to higher education. Allowing these students to pay in-state tuition rates not only makes college more attainable, but increases their earnings later on. Higher earnings lead straight to increased investment back into Virginia's economy.
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