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White House Petition on TRiO

posted Nov 9, 2011, 7:57 AM by Matthew Hyden   [ updated Nov 28, 2011, 5:59 AM by Stephen Thompson ]

November 15, 2011


Dear TRIO Colleagues:


We have two action items that require your immediate attention.


White House Petition on TRIO

The White House recently launched a new web portal that allows citizens to create their own petitions. If a petition receives 25,000 signatures by December 13, they receive an official response from the White House.


COE has created a TRIO petition, which is available at http://wh.gov/jOD. Help us to outdo the 15,000 signatures we collected on Change.org by inviting your campus leadership, staff, students, parents and alumni to join in this effort. Here is a sample message for you to forward via e-mail and your social networks:


Dear Friends –

Please take 30 seconds to sign a White House petition to protect TRIO programs, which promote higher education preparation, access, retention and graduation for low-income, first generation students on our campus and throughout the nation.  Simply sign the petition here http://wh.gov/jOD and forward and share the link on social media sites.  An investment in education is an investment in our future!


This takes only a few moments but with federal funding coming down to last minute negotiations, this could be just the push we need to ensure the Administration fights for its FY12 budget request!


Upward Bound Draft Application

So far, we know of only about 60 responses to the draft Upward Bound application (http://edicsweb.ed.gov/browse/downldatt.cfm?pkg_serial_num=4742). It is important that we have a critical mass of responses if we are to defeat the proposal to further reduce the per-student cost. Therefore, we strongly urge all Upward Bound programs – including campus leadership, program staff, target school leadership and staff, students, parents, and alumni – to weigh in as soon as possible as earlier responses will help ensure that the Department stays on schedule for the competition.


Due to delays and security screenings of postal mail, COE strongly recommends that individuals email their comments to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov with a cc: to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov by November 18. (Comments are due by November 30.) Please be sure to reference the Comment Name (Application for Grants under the Upward Bound Program) and OMB Control Number: 1840-0550. If you have large batches of student postcards or letters, feel free to send them to us at the Council for hand delivery to OMB.


As a reminder, COE will be hosting a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m.  (Eastern) to answer any questions you may have and also discuss outreach strategies surrounding this issue. To participate in the call, please dial 1-800-747-5150 and use Access Code 4445658.


Thank you for your continued support of TRIO programs and students.




Heather Valentine