El Pueblo issues a statement of support for SB 463
Raleigh, NC—El Pueblo, along with their allies, applaud the recent introduction of Senate Bill 463 by Senator Fletcher Hartsell entitled “Increase Access to Education”. This bill calls for any individual who has attended school in North Carolina for at least three consecutive years immediately prior to graduation and has received a high school diploma from a school within North Carolina or has obtained a general education diploma (GED) issued in North Carolina to receive resident tuition status. Increasing educational opportunities for all North Carolinians is a win for young people and a win for our state.
This is a win for young people because they will have the opportunity to continue their education and contribute to the economy. Many aspire to be doctors, lawyers, and educators—this bill will enable them to fulfill these aspirations.
This is a win for our state because North Carolina’s state and local governments, business and industry are currently recruiting college graduates from outside the state, as well as outside the US to fill shortages in the fields of business, education and health services. We can benefit from students who are already here and have already been educated in the NC school system.
Access to our state’s colleges will prepare an educated workforce that will increase the state’s collective productivity and strengthen economic growth. Enabling all students to attend college will strengthen our future tax base.
Increasing access to higher education for North Carolina students provides young people with the opportunity to pursue their dreams, reduces dropout rates, increases the tax base, and fills the need for an educated workforce.
El Pueblo, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to Latinos’ achieving positive social change by building consciousness, capacity, and community action.