Thursday, November 1, 2012

DREAM ACT UPDATE: Advocates Launch TV Ad with Obama // PLUS: New Support From MoCo Schools Chief & NAACP Head

Below Maryland Juice has a few quick updates on the battle to defend the Dream Act. We begin with a new television ad that backers of a "Vote For Question 4" are airing, featuring President Barack Obama:


Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent, 
NAACP President Endorse Question 4, Maryland DREAM Act

With less than a week before the November 6 election, supporters of the Maryland DREAM Act released two new endorsements today from prominent leaders in the state—the Superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools, Joshua P. Starr, and the President and CEO of the NAACP, Benjamin Todd Jealous.

Yesterday, Educating Maryland Kids also issued a press release announcing new support for Question 4 from Montgomery County's Superintendent of schools and the head of the NAACP
In a written statement, Joshua P. Starr, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, said:
"The Maryland DREAM Act is not about politics: it’s about our future and the future of our students. The Act would simply allow hard-working students who have been in our system for years to pursue the dream of post-secondary education and receive in-state tuition rates. A college education is often the key to unlocking opportunity and all students—regardless of where they were born or their parents were born—deserve the chance to have a bright future and be a productive member of society. I fully support the Maryland DREAM Act.”

And in a video PSA, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous spoke as a civil rights leader and proud Marylander about why voters should vote for Question 4 and support the Maryland DREAM Act as a matter of fairness and equal opportunity for all hard-working students.  See the video here:

Members of the Educating Maryland Kids coalition are canvassing and phonebanking in this final 6 days before the election, reaching tens of thousands of Maryland voters.  There will also be a rally and canvass on Sunday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Freedom Academy sponsored by The Intersection, which is mobilizing Baltimore City high school students and teachers around the Maryland DREAM Act.


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