Monday, February 21, 2011

Perimeter Students Sign Failing Grade

Today several of us spent some time at Dunwoody Georgia Perimeter College Campus talking to students about anticipated education legislation about to be introduced at the capitol this week.

The legislation will likely require another round of tuition and fee hikes for all college students attending public universities. It would also divest 300 million dollars from k-12, shorten the pre-k day, and dramatically cut the HOPE scholarship.

Students that we spoke to we very much aware of the personal costs of last years budget cuts but many were unaware of the implications the current purposed cuts would have on their pocket books and the low income k-12 schools.

Almost every student was eager to sign one of our failing grade postcards, which we plan to hand deliver to the Georgia Senate in the next week or so.

We were also excited to have a a large stack of report cards from Athens hand delivered by UGA student Allie McCullen!

This is our last week push to get every card we got signed and back to our office so we can deliver them all at the same time. We'll have the cards at our downtown office, and we'll have them at the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition Statewide meeting in Macon this weekend for those of you that haven't yet signed one!

Tim Franzen
American Friends Service Committee