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Arizona It was for years one of the states with the strictest rules regarding education. According to the state ballot measure passed in 2006, Proposition 300, barred Arizona college students who were not US citizens or permanent residents and those who lacked legal status, i.e. Dreamers, from being eligible for in-state tuition and state federal financial aid.
Decision that ended the dreams of millions of immigrants, but that motivated others to fight, such is the case of José Patiño, who according to the non-profit organization “Mother Jones”, who after being qualified for a full scholarship in 2006 he received a letter confirming that his tuition had tripled and that he did not qualify for the first offer for Proposition 300.
The rejection that Patiño suffered led him to discover that there were opportunities for millions of students like him at that time.; she attended ASU on a private scholarship established by university administrators sympathetic to the plight of Arizona’s undocumented students. He graduated as a mechanical engineer and later earned a master’s degree in secondary education from Grand Canyon University.
Like any law, according to the aforementioned medium, it had a negative impact, according to a 2011 analysis by Cronkite News from ASU found that between the spring of 2007 and the fall of 2010, the number of students without proof of citizenship at the state’s public universities plummeted from 1,524 to 106. Proposition 300 effectively made a college education unattainable for many of Arizona’s low-income undocumented youth.
The idea of restoring in-state tuition and financial aid for undocumented students seemed like a long shot, but not for Reyna Montoya, founder of Aliento, who always believed that the first step was for legislation to put the proposal on the ballot to be approved by the conservative Republican legislature.
In 2018, no progress could be made, but three years later the resolution introduced by the Republican state senator Paul Boyer advanced in the House by a vote of 33-27, with four Republicans supporting him and thus celebrated “It is a rarity when you can say that you passed a law that really changes lives, and this bill changes about 2,000 lives every year. We are standing on the shoulders of giants.”
This year the big step was taken. a total of 10 ballot propositions were presented to voters for the Arizona midterms. There are still just over 16,000 ballots to be counted throughout the state, however, the Associated Press agency declared the results in certain contests based on calculations of the remaining ballots and one of the most voted was 308.
Proposition 308 will allow students to receive state-funded aidsuch as grants and scholarships, thereby repealing Proposition 300 that placed restrictions on undocumented students.
Pursuant to Proposition 308, any college student, regardless of legal status in the United States, you will qualify for in-state tuition if you show proof of high school graduation from an Arizona schoolin addition to verifying that you have lived in the state for the last few years.
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