Educating Maryland Kids http://educatingmarylandkids.org Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:38:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Maryland DREAM Act Supporters, Governor O’Malley Celebrate Decisive Victory on Question 4 http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/11/07/maryland-dream-act-supporters-governor-omalley-celebrate-decisive-victory-on-question-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maryland-dream-act-supporters-governor-omalley-celebrate-decisive-victory-on-question-4 http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/11/07/maryland-dream-act-supporters-governor-omalley-celebrate-decisive-victory-on-question-4/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:38:26 +0000 Kristin Ford http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=365 In a triumphant outcome for Maryland DREAM Act supporters from across the state, Maryland voters decisively voted today to uphold the Maryland DREAM Act, with 58% of voters casting a ballot in favor of Question 4.  The Maryland DREAM Act ensures that all Maryland students whose families have paid Maryland taxes and who graduated from Maryland high schools are able to pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities.   A diverse coalition including faith-based, labor union, education, civil rights, and community groups came together to defend the Maryland DREAM Act, which was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor O’Malley in 2011.

“All children will now be able to reach their potential because the people of our state have put a college education within their grasp,” said Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), who addressed a crowd of supporters tonight at a victory party at Arcos restaurant in Baltimore and was introduced by Brenda Zavala, a DREAM student at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore.  “We have made college dreams a reality by passing the DREAM Act!”

“Today, the people of Maryland affirmed their commitment to fairness and educational opportunity for all,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “With the Dream Act, Maryland now opens the doors to our outstanding educational institutions to the children of hard-working immigrants. By granting our fellow Marylanders access to quality education, we are preparing the state for years of progress and growth.”

Educating Maryland Kids, the Maryland DREAM Act coalition, is comprised of diverse organizations including the Service Employees International Union, the Maryland State Education Association, Maryland Industrial Areas Foundation, Maryland Catholic Conference, NAACPCASA de Maryland and CASA in ActionAmnesty International, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, The Intersection, United Food and Commercial Workers,and America’s Voice.

“This is a momentous victory for DREAMers here in Maryland who have done everything we’ve asked of them, excelling in school and contributing to their communities,” said Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA de Maryland and CASA in Action, who celebrated the Maryland DREAM Act win with hundreds of hard-working students for whom the Maryland DREAM Act will put their dreams of higher education within reach.   “Voters today recognized the vital contributions talented young people, regardless of immigration status, are making to our state.”

Teachers from across the state joined the call for passage of the Maryland DREAM Act.

“With today’s victory for the Maryland DREAM Act, our state once again affirmed its commitment to education,” said Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association.  “All students we teach deserve a fair shot to pursue higher education and fulfill their potential. The Maryland DREAM Act opens the door of opportunity to talented students who just want the chance to give back to the state they know as home.”

Labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union, are key members of the Educating Maryland Kids coalition pushing for passage of the Maryland DREAM Act.

“SEIU is proud to stand alongside our partners from other labor unions, faith-based organizations, civil rights, and community groups to celebrate the passage of the Maryland DREAM Act,” said Jaime Contreras, vice president of SEIU 32BJ.  “This is a hard-earned victory for our young people and a wise investment in our future.   Allowing every child to pursue their dreams means we’ll be able to build a more highly educated workforce and a stronger economy.”

 

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CAPAD-MD Supports MD DREAM Act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/25/capad-md-supports-md-dream-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=capad-md-supports-md-dream-act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/25/capad-md-supports-md-dream-act/#comments Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:46:21 +0000 Kristin Ford http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=346

The Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland (CAPAD-MD), whose leadership includes Co-Chairs George Dang and Dr.  Partha Pillai, asked you to vote for the following candidates and question for the benefit of the Asian American community and its immigrant population.  This endorsement is based on its belief that they will best serve the Asian American community. The CAPAD-MD remains neutrual with respect to other candidates and other questions.

1) President and Vice President

Barack Obama and Joe Biden

 2) U.S. Senator

Cardin, Ben

3) Representatives in Congress

Congressional District 01:  Wendy Rosen
Congressional District 02: Dutch C.A. Ruppersberger
Congressional District 03: John Sarbanes
Congressional District 04:  Donna F. Edwards
Congressional District 05:  Steny H. Hoyer
Congressional District 06:  John Delaney
Congressional District 07:  Elijah Cummings
Congressional District 08:  Chris Van Hollen

4) Montgomery County Board of Education
Board of Education At Large:  Phil Kauffmanl
Board of Education District 2: Fred Evans
Board of Educatio District 4:  Christopher Barclay

Question 4-Dream Act to help undocumented immigrants graduated from a Maryland high school to obtain in-state tuition for a Maryland comunity college and after completing the Maryland community college, in-state tuition for Maryland four-year public colleges.  check “For the Referred Law”

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Maryland DREAM Act Advocates Build on Momentum With Coordinated Week of Action http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/24/maryland-dream-act-advocates-build-on-momentum-with-coordinated-week-of-action/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maryland-dream-act-advocates-build-on-momentum-with-coordinated-week-of-action http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/24/maryland-dream-act-advocates-build-on-momentum-with-coordinated-week-of-action/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:15:36 +0000 Kristin Ford http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=342 Educating Maryland Kids Coalition to Hold Press Conferences, Rallies, Marches Featuring Diverse Advocates and Elected Officials

A recent Washington Post poll found 59% of voters support the Maryland DREAM Act, with only 35% opposed, and advocates for the law are building on this strong momentum and launching a week of coordinated press events and rallies for Question 4. This week, there will be multiple events in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and Baltimore City with diverse leaders joining together to urge voters to vote for Question 4 to uphold the Maryland DREAM Act.

Planned activities include a press conference with Congressman Elijah Cummings at Patterson Park Public Charter School in Baltimore on Tuesday at 1 p.m., a major faith-based event in Silver Spring on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m., a Thursday 11:30 a.m. press conference with Prince George’s County leaders including County Executive Rushern Baker and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, and a rally with Senator Ben Cardin, other prominent elected officials, and over 100 University of Maryland students on Thursday at 5 p.m. Also, on Saturday at 11 a.m., African immigrants in support of the Maryland DREAM Act will hold an early vote march and rally in support of the Maryland DREAM Act.

More info on all events follows.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Press conference with Congressman Elijah Cummings (D – District 7), DREAM students, Patterson Park Public Charter School principal Dr. Chad Kramer, high school teachers, and local business leader Veronica Cool speaking out for Maryland DREAM Act

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Patterson Park Public Charter School (27 North Lakewood Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224)

  • Maryland IAF action and GOTV mobilization with 800 clergy, school, youth and other community leaders launching final push to uphold the Maryland DREAM Act

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7: 15 p.m.

WHERE: Southern Asian Seventh-day Adventist Church (2001 East Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD)

  • Dr. Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland and Senator Victor Ramirez will also speak in support of the Maryland DREAM Act on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. at a forum on campus (in the Nyumburu Multipurpose Room) sponsored by The Center for the History of the New America. Dr. Loh wrote a Washington Post editorial in support of the law in September.

 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Prince George’s County for the DREAM press conference featuring Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, and State Senator Victor Ramirez

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Prince George’s Community College, Largo Student Center, Community Rooms A and B

  • University of Maryland student-led rally for the Maryland DREAM Act featuring Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Delegate Heather Mizeur, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, Dr. Shorter-Gooden (Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President at the University of Maryland) and over hundred students and DREAMers

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Nyumburu Amphitheatre at the University of Maryland, College Park (next to the Stamp Student Union)

 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

  • Early voting march and rally for the Maryland DREAM Act with hundreds of African supporters and IAF members

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.

WHERE: March from Bethel World Outreach Center (8252 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) to Silver Spring Civic Building (8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD), an early voting location

 

Educating Maryland Kids, a coalition of groups including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, the Maryland Catholic Conference, Maryland IAF, and CASA de Maryland, recently announced a million dollar ad buy on TV and radio in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. media markets. Supporters are also canvassing and phone-banking across the state to educate voters about the Maryland DREAM Act, which allows students whose parents paid Maryland taxes and who graduated from Maryland high schools to pay in-state tuition.

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WaPo – Poll: Wide lead for Maryland Dream Act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/19/wapo-poll-wide-lead-for-maryland-dream-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wapo-poll-wide-lead-for-maryland-dream-act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/19/wapo-poll-wide-lead-for-maryland-dream-act/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:47:01 +0000 DREAMer http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=339

Maryland voters broadly support a measure that would allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities, according to a new Washington Post poll.

A referendum on the law appears as Question 4 on the November ballot. The poll finds 59 percent of likely voters back the measure; 35 percent are opposed.

If passed, Maryland would become the first state nationwide to approve a form of the legislation, known as the Dream Act, by a popular vote. Lawmakers in 13 states have adopted similar policies, although none has faced a statewide test at the ballot box. Federal Dream Act legislation has for years remained stalled in Congress.

Read more here.

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Educating Maryland Kids Ramps Up Million Dollar Maryland DREAM Act Media Buy with New TV Ads Airing in Baltimore http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/15/educating-maryland-kids-ramps-up-million-dollar-maryland-dream-act-media-buy-with-new-tv-ads-airing-in-baltimore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=educating-maryland-kids-ramps-up-million-dollar-maryland-dream-act-media-buy-with-new-tv-ads-airing-in-baltimore http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/15/educating-maryland-kids-ramps-up-million-dollar-maryland-dream-act-media-buy-with-new-tv-ads-airing-in-baltimore/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:23:43 +0000 Kristin Ford http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=336 A massive media campaign is underway from the supporters of the Maryland DREAM Act with new ads launching today on cable TV in the Baltimore media market pushing for Question 4.  Educating Maryland Kids, the coalition of faith-based, labor union, civil rights, education, and community groups working to protect the Maryland DREAM Act released three new TV ads today and expanded the previously announced radio buy to an additional three stations in Baltimore—WQSR 102.7, WZBA 100.7, and WJZ ESPN 1300.  (The radio ad is already airing during drive-time on WILF 101.9 and WPOC 93.1.)  Overall, the coalition will spend over a million dollars on a media campaign in both the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. media markets before Election Day, when voters will vote on Question 4.

One of the new ads features Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown and the second includes several Maryland public school teachers, a Catholic priest, and a high-achieving DREAM student.  The speaker in the third video, John Hawks, is a prominent business leader in Baltimore County and a lifelong registered Republican who supports the Maryland DREAM Act.   All three new ads from the Educating Maryland Kids campaign are available online.

The Educating Maryland kids radio ad, now airing on five Baltimore stations, is also available online.

In addition to the major media buy, Educating Maryland Kids and its coalition partners—including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, the Maryland Catholic Conference, AFSCME, Maryland IAF, and CASA de Maryland—are canvassing and phone-banking across the state to educate voters about the Maryland DREAM Act, which allows students whose parents paid Maryland taxes and who graduated from Maryland high schools to pay in-state tuition.

The coalition is building on the momentum of multiple polls over the past few weeks showing strong statewide support for the ballot measure—61% according to a recent Mellman Group poll, 58% according to a recent Gonzales Research poll, and 60% according to a recent Garin-Hart-Yang poll.

More and more Marylanders understand that Question 4, the Maryland DREAM Act, is a simple matter of fairness.  Not only will voting ‘for’ Question 4 help level the playing field for all taxpayers and all talented, hard-working students, it will also prove an economic boon to the state of Maryland.  A report from researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, released last week, estimates the state will gain $66 million in economic benefits for each class of DREAM students who enroll in college and further their education.

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Prominent Maryland Bishops and Religious Leaders Push for Passage of Maryland DREAM Act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/12/prominent-maryland-bishops-and-religious-leaders-push-for-passage-of-maryland-dream-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=prominent-maryland-bishops-and-religious-leaders-push-for-passage-of-maryland-dream-act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/12/prominent-maryland-bishops-and-religious-leaders-push-for-passage-of-maryland-dream-act/#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2012 04:12:48 +0000 DREAMer http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=326

Nearly a dozen prominent Maryland religious leaders and bishops, including Catholic Archbishop William Lori, Episcopal Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton, and Lutheran Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane joined dozens of people of faith at the chapel at Morgan State University today to stand together in support of the Maryland DREAM Act and urge all Marylanders to vote ‘for’ Question 4.

Archbishop William Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore said, “We are here to support the Dream Act as a fair measure that allows young men and women who have worked hard, who speak our language and call this land home to be able to realize their full potential as God’s children.”

The faith leaders spoke about their church teachings about equality, fairness and care for all children, and called on voters to remember the dreams of all our young people by making sure all Maryland students who’ve paid Maryland taxes and graduated from Maryland high schools can pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities.

“To the citizens of Maryland, I ask you to join me in supporting these young people who have excelled in their studies and been accepted into our community colleges and universities,” said Rev. Peter K. Nord, Executive Presbyter of the Baltimore Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). “To the Dreamers, we stand with you today. I believe that your hard work and determination has not been in vain. And my hope for you is that the college education that you now pursue will enable you to become full contributing members and leaders in our Maryland communities.”

The speakers referenced their faith traditions and the religious mandate to offer care and hospitality to others.

“What would Jesus say to us about the alien in our midst especially those innocently brought here not of their own doing?” said Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. “I think he would ask us to welcome them and offer radical hospitality.”

In addition to the moral dimension of the debate, the bishops and religious leaders also made a compelling pragmatic case for passage of the law.

“These kids will graduate college and give back to our society and to our state. Education is always a sound investment,” said Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane of the Delaware- Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “We make significant investments in our children beginning in kindergarten and right through high school. It only makes sense to pursue policies that make our 13-year investment bear fruit.”

The Ecumenical Leaders’ Group of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council sponsored the press conference, the Voice of Praise Gospel Choir of Morgan State University performed, and Rev. Bernard “Skip” Keels, director of the Morgan State University Chapel, gave the opening prayer. A DREAM student named Rosalitta led the participants in a responsive prayer in between each speaker at the press event.

Additional participants included Bishop Denis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Pastor Alvin J. Gwynn Sr., President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Rev. Frederick Weimert, President of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, Rev. David Cooney, Assistant to Bishop Marcus Matthews, Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Rev. Dr. John R. Deckenback, Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ Central Atlantic Conference.

Following the event, dozens of pastors and lay leaders gathered at All Saints’ Lutheran Church for an educational discussion and training on the Maryland DREAM Act.

The Maryland DREAM Act would ensure that students who’ve graduated from a Maryland high school and whose families pay Maryland taxes can pay in-state tuition at our public colleges and universities. DREAM students would have to first attend a community college for 2 years or 60 credits and would be considered in the applicant pool with out-of-state students when they apply to transfer to a four-year university, ensuring no seats for U.S. citizens or legal residents in Maryland are at risk.

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New Report from UMBC Finds Significant Economic Benefits to State from Maryland DREAM Act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/08/new-report-from-umbc-finds-significant-economic-benefits-to-state-from-maryland-dream-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-report-from-umbc-finds-significant-economic-benefits-to-state-from-maryland-dream-act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/08/new-report-from-umbc-finds-significant-economic-benefits-to-state-from-maryland-dream-act/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 18:31:34 +0000 DREAMer http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=321 A report released today by the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR) at UMBC on the Private and Government Fiscal Costs and Benefits of the Maryland Dream Act finds that Maryland will reap major economic benefits from passage of the Maryland DREAM Act, Question 4 on the November 6 ballot. The economic benefits are estimated at approximately $66 million for each incoming class of DREAM students.

The report’s authors, Dr. Marvin Mandell and Dr. Tim Gindling, also point out:“The estimates from this analysis suggest that the net economic effect of the Maryland Dream Act will be positive, and the benefits will be substantial… The initial costs of the investment in education will be more than offset by increased tax revenues and lower government spending on incarceration and other government programs that result from a more educated citizenry.”

The UMBC Report Summary is available here. Large and positive economic benefits are expected to accrue to each level of government as well as for private individuals as DREAM students are able to earn more and pay more in taxes due to their higher level of educational attainment.

Additionally, the report estimates that 435 students per year will take advantage of the DREAM Act to attend college and only 102 students per year transfer to a four-year college or university in the state thanks to the Maryland DREAM Act. The report’s authors point out that this is about 0.1 percent of the 117,187 students enrolled at Maryland public universities in 2012.

The report also debunks the myth that the Maryland DREAM Act will invite an influx of immigrants, saying there is little empirical evidence to support that claim and pointing out that because of the Maryland Dream Act’s restrictions, simply moving to Maryland to take advantage of the Act is unlikely.

Also, students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents of Maryland also have no reason to fear that DREAM students will take a seat that would otherwise have gone to them. Dr. Mandell and Dr. Gindling provide a number of reasons to support their belief that there will not be a “crowding out” effect in Maryland, chiefly that DREAM students must start at community college. And the law specifies that when DREAM students apply to transfer to a four-year institution, they’ll be considered in the pool with out-of-state applicants, so there is no competition between native-born Maryland students and DREAM Act students for spots.

The full report on the Private and Government Fiscal Costs and Benefits of the Maryland Dream Act is available here.

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Momentum Continues to Build for Maryland DREAM Act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/01/momentum-continues-to-build-for-maryland-dream-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=momentum-continues-to-build-for-maryland-dream-act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/01/momentum-continues-to-build-for-maryland-dream-act/#comments Mon, 01 Oct 2012 17:01:03 +0000 DREAMer http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=316 New Public Opinion Poll Finds 61% Support for Question 4

A newly released poll from The Mellman Group once again confirms that Maryland voters overwhelmingly support the Maryland DREAM Act and plan to vote ‘for’ Question 4. The new poll found that 61% of voters across the state support Question 4, with only 27% opposed.  The latest poll adds to the growing momentum in favor of the Maryland DREAM Act, which will be Question 4 on the November 6 ballot.

In the last 2 weeks, both a Garin-Hart-Yang poll and a Gonzales Research poll also found strong majority support statewide for the Maryland DREAM Act. The Gonzales Research poll found 58% support, 34% opposition, and 8% undecided and the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group found 60% support, 26% opposition, and 14% undecided.   All polls used language either directly from the ballot or the entirety of the ballot language itself.

The Maryland DREAM Act would ensure that all students who graduated from Maryland high schools and whose families pay Maryland taxes are able pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status.

The Mellman Group poll, which used the exact ballot language for Question 4, was conducted September 22-28, 2012 and included a sample of 750 likely voters.

The Garin-Hart-Yang poll asked, “Question Four establishes that individuals, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at community colleges in Maryland, provided the student meets certain conditions relating to attendance and graduation from a Maryland high school, filing of income taxes, intent to apply for permanent residency, and registration with the selective service. This referendum also extends the time in which honorably discharged veterans may qualify for in-state tuition rates.”

The Gonzales poll, whose question language was also directly modeled on the ballot language itself, included 813 registered voters statewide and was conducted September 17-23, 2012.

Educating Maryland Kids, the coalition working to protect the Maryland DREAM Act, is comprised of faith-based, education, civil rights, and labor organizations including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, Maryland IAF, Maryland Catholic Conference, NAACP, and CASA de Maryland.

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Second Poll Finds Strong Majority Support for Maryland DREAM Act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/09/26/second-public-opinion-poll-finds-strong-majority-support-for-maryland-dream-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=second-public-opinion-poll-finds-strong-majority-support-for-maryland-dream-act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/09/26/second-public-opinion-poll-finds-strong-majority-support-for-maryland-dream-act/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:53:15 +0000 DREAMer http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=312 Gonzales Research Poll Corroborates Findings of Last Week’s Garin-Hart-Yang Survey

A newly released poll from independent, Annapolis-based polling firm Gonzales Research confirms the findings from the poll released last week by Educating Maryland Kids—Maryland voters overwhelmingly support the Maryland DREAM Act and plan to vote ‘for’ Question 4. The new Gonzales Research poll found 58% support, 34% opposition, and 8% undecided. The poll commissioned by EMK and conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group found 60% support, 26% opposition, and 14% undecided.

Maryland voters will decide on the Maryland DREAM Act on November 6 by either voting ‘for’ Question 4 to uphold the law or ‘against’ Question 4 to overturn the law, which was passed by the Maryland legislature in 2011 and signed into law by Governor O’Malley. The Maryland DREAM Act would ensure that all students who graduated from Maryland high schools and whose families pay Maryland taxes are able pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status.

“This latest poll confirms what we’d already seen. A majority of Maryland voters support the Maryland DREAM Act and want to make sure all students are treated fairly and able to pursue their dreams, ” said Travis Tazelaar, campaign manager for Educating Maryland Kids. “We are continuing to build on this significant momentum and are confident that Marylanders will vote for education, opportunity, and fairness on November 6 by voting ‘for’ Question 4.”

The Garin-Hart-Yang poll asked, “Question Four establishes that individuals, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at community colleges in Maryland, provided the student meets certain conditions relating to attendance and graduation from a Maryland high school, filing of income taxes, intent to apply for permanent residency, and registration with the selective service. This referendum also extends the time in which honorably discharged veterans may qualify for in-state tuition rates.” (The Garin-Hart-Yang poll included 503 likely voters statewide and was conducted September 14-16, 2012. The poll memo is available here: http://educatingmarylandkids.org/dream-act-polling-memo/)

The Gonzales poll included 813 registered voters statewide and was conducted September 17-23, 2012. More information on the poll is available here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/maryland-politics/post/poll-md-divided-on-gambling-favors-gay-marriage-and-dream-act/2012/09/25/94735966-0752-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_blog.html

To be eligible for the Maryland DREAM Act, students must not only graduate from a Maryland high school and pay Maryland taxes but they also must start at a community college and attend for 2 years or attain 60 credits before transferring to a four-year public college or university in the state. When they apply to a four-year institution, they’ll be considered in the pool with out-of-state applicants, so there is no competition between native-born Maryland students and DREAM Act students for spots.

Educating Maryland Kids, the coalition working to protect the Maryland DREAM Act, is comprised of faith-based, education, civil rights, and labor organizations including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, Maryland IAF, Maryland Catholic Conference, NAACP, and CASA de Maryland.

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Poll Shows Majority Supports Question 4 http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/09/20/new-poll-finds-strong-support-for-question-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-poll-finds-strong-support-for-question-4 http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/09/20/new-poll-finds-strong-support-for-question-4/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:00:31 +0000 DREAMer http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=308 New Poll Finds Strong Statewide Support for Question 4, Maryland DREAM Act with 60% in Favor

The campaign to defend the Maryland DREAM Act, Educating Maryland Kids, today released a new poll that found significant majority support for Question 4, the ballot referendum on the Maryland DREAM Act.

Sixty percent of likely voters statewide polled affirmed their support for the Maryland DREAM Act, which would ensure that all students who graduated from Maryland high schools and whose families pay Maryland taxes can pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status. Another 14% were undecided, with only 26% opposed to the law. Three-fifths of white voters and three-fourths of African Americans voters support Question 4.

“We are in a strong position going into the last stretch of the campaign,” said Travis Tazelaar, campaign manager for Educating Maryland Kids.   “These high levels of support demonstrate that when voters understand what this law is about, and that it’s a simple matter of fairness, they know voting ‘for’ Question 4 on November 6 is good for both our state and our students.”

Read the full polling memo here: http://educatingmarylandkids.org/dream-act-polling-memo/

Elected officials, teachers, clergy, students, labor union members, community leaders and other members of the diverse Educating Maryland Kids coalition are educating Maryland voters about the issue and urging them to vote ‘for’ Question 4 on November 6 and continuing to build on the momentum demonstrated by the new poll.

To be eligible for the Maryland DREAM Act, students must not only graduate from a Maryland high school and pay Maryland taxes but they also must start at a community college and attend for 2 years or attain 60 credits before transferring to a four-year public college or university in the state.  When they apply to a four-year institution, they’ll be considered in the pool with out-of-state applicants, so there is no competition between native-born Maryland students and DREAM Act students for spots.

Educating Maryland Kids, the coalition working to protect the Maryland DREAM Act, is comprised of faith-based, education, civil rights, and labor organizations including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, Maryland IAF, Maryland Catholic Conference, NAACP, and CASA de Maryland.

The poll included 503 likely voters statewide and was conducted September 14-16, 2012 by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group.  The poll memo is available here: http://educatingmarylandkids.org/dream-act-polling-memo/.

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