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White House Petition: Protect Funding for Our Nation's Most Vulnerable Students!

posted Nov 30, 2011, 12:36 PM by Stephen Thompson
If you have not signed the petition to the White House, I strongly urge you to do so.  We are woefully behind.  I found that it worked best if I registered, waited a little bit, and then went back to sign the petition.  I’m attaching the link for your convenience.
- TASP President Jeanne Stokes

WHITE HOUSE PETITION. Recently, we created a petition on the White House website, encouraging stronger support from the Administration: http://wh.gov/jOD. We understand that several of you have encountered difficulty in attempting to sign the petition. However, we strongly encourage you to keep trying as, at this moment, we are far from our 25,000 goal, which would obligate a response from the Administration. Please distribute the petition far and wide. Let us know risk sending the message that TRIO is not a robust group to which the White House must pay attention. Sign the petition today!

Currently, more than 800,000 students – from sixth-graders to doctoral candidates, from military veterans to displaced workers – rely on TRIO Programs for support in their pursuit of a college degree. Despite the fact that TRIO has become a staple in our local communities and has a long history of producing remarkable results at our institutions, Congress cut TRIO by $26.6 million this past spring. All told, more than 100,000 students have lost access to TRIO since the beginning of the Obama Administration. Meanwhile, the need for educational supportive services has continued to grow. If we want to solve the debt crisis, cutting programs that help our nation’s most vulnerable citizens is not the answer. We urge the White House to take a strong stance to defend TRIO students and funding