Paying out of state tuition because of status is an insurmountable barrier for many who have lived within the United States for many years. Currently, if admitted, undocumented students in most states are charged out-of-state tuition, which is several times the in-state tuition rate. They are not eligible for federal financial aid, and the average income of parents of such children is low. At least twenty states offer in-state tuition to unauthorized immigrant students, 16 by state legislative action and four by state university systems. The cost for states that have passed in-state tuition bills has been negligible. The future of our country relies on the education of our youth and providing in state tuition for students who are applying to universities makes a path towards education a reality.
1) Support increased tuition assistance for immigrant women and their families.
2) Support enactment of the DREAM Act, to allow undocumented students to qualify for federal financial aid.
When all people have equal access to education, we all benefit. UNESCO's 2017-18 Global Education Monitoring Report indicates more then 264 million children are without access to education. We must commit to children around the world ensuring that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
1) Invest in programs that benefit ALL child's education worldwide
2) Encourage and engage adolescent girls to be leaders in their communities
3) Support inclusive and empowering learning environments for children in classrooms around the world
Just over half of three and four-year-olds (not yet in kindergarten) are enrolled in public or private preschool programs. Children in low and moderate-income families are less likely to be enrolled than children in higher-income families.
Let’s take steps to ensure that families have meaningful access to high-quality, affordable early care & education programs. Children in early care programs learn and develop skills they need to succeed in school and in life while concurrently helping families get ahead by giving parents the support and peace of mind they need to be productive at work. Ensuring access to child care helps our nation stay competitive, by producing a stronger workforce now and in the future. But for many families, especially but not only, low-income families, high-quality early care & education is unaffordable or unavailable. To compound the issue, early care educators are treated with less respect, and earn less then other professional jobs.
1) Let’s make sure that no family pay more than 10 percent of their income for high quality early care
2) Promote early care professional to receive a living wage to better reflect their experience & credentials.
3) Expand families’ access to affordable, high-quality early care services.
4) Strengthen the quality of early care education by investing in the ECE workforce
5) Make high-quality prekindergarten available to all four-year-olds
6) Provide greater access to nutritious meals and snacks to children and families.
7) Provide funding and support for state efforts to enact or expand high-quality prekindergarten programs for four-year-olds.
Children of color continue to lack equal access to educational opportunities at the K-12 level. We must address opportunity gaps in communities of color, acknowledging the ways that gender and race discrimination intersect to create unique barriers. We should urge cities, towns, businesses and foundations to invest in providing opportunities for all children within these communities.
1) Address opportunity gaps and foster inclusive school environments.
2) Ensure that LGBTQ students are not discriminated against by educational institutions.
3) Promote safety, diversity and inclusion through programs that teach about age-appropriate, comprehensive and medically accurate sexual education; healthy relationships; consent; harassment and bullying
4) Promote student empowerment programs that are culturally responsive, celebrate diversity (i.e., racial/ethnic, ability, religious, gender) and are LGBTQ-affirming.
5) Reinforce and clarify school districts’ obligations to pregnant and parenting students under Title IX (e.g., to accommodate lactation needs) .
6) Make sure schools are responsive to their students’ concerns about harassment and violence and implement effective prevention strategies.
7) Stand against excessive and disproportionate discipline, which harms students of color in particular, by supporting conflict resolution and healthy communication programs and implementing restorative justice and positive behavior intervention.
8) Decrease the presence of law enforcement in schools while increasing the presence of mental health professionals, guidance counselors and social workers.
9) Disrupt the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline, whereby girls, and particularly girls of color are criminalized for their responses to violence and trauma
10) Promote the development of community-based alternatives to detention to provide survivors of violence trauma-informed services and support to heal from their victimization & develop strong connections with positive supports in the community.
Children of color experience disproportionately high rates of school suspensions. By adopting supportive school discipline practices, schools foster success for all students and increase the likelihood that students will stay engaged and stay in school.
1) Enhance public awareness about exclusionary school discipline, including how it disproportionately affects children of color.
2) Take action to eliminate the sexual abuse to prison pipeline
3) Enforce Title IX and ensure that resources are readily available to students
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