In Pennsylvania, activists pour millions into the fight for school vouchers
Buoyed by what they see as their best opportunity in a decade, education activists are spending millions of dollars and countless hours trying to persuade or pressure Pennsylvania lawmakers to approve school tuition vouchers.
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#1 May 9, 2011
Many Texans aren't aware of it, but public colleges anduniversities in Texas are required by law to treat illegal aliensbetter than American citizens who live in other states. Back in2001 the legislature passed a law letting illegal aliens pay thesame tuition as legal Texas residents pay,
as long as they've beenin the country for at least three years, and promise to apply forpermanent residency. Meanwhile, a young man or woman who is anAmerican citizen, but grew up a few miles across the Oklahoma orLouisiana state line, has to pay thousands of dollars more than theillegal alien to attend the same Texas university. There are certainly good reasons to charge out of state residentshigher tuition at public universities than Texans pay. Statefunded colleges and universities are set up primarily to educateTexans. In-state tuition rates are subsidized by Texas taxpayers,and so if out of state students want to attend one of our schoolsthey're more than welcome to, but they'll have to pay extra for theprivilege and don't get the Texas taxpayer subsidy. This isstandard operating procedure in almost all states, and has beengoing on for decades. There's nothing unfair about it. It
becomes extremely unfair, however, when people who are in thecountry illegally are given in-state tuition, which is subsidizedby the taxpayers of Texas, while American citizens from otherstates have to pay thousands of dollars more per semester. We arenow becoming second class citizens in our own country. Americancitizens from out of state are treated worse than people whoshouldn't even be here in the first place, people who are breakingthe law every day they remain iAmerica.n Liberals and RINOs like to claim that giving illegal aliens
#2 May 10, 2011
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