Florida State Board of Education and Florida Board of Governors: Protect Equal Rights for Florida Students
  • Petitioned Commissioner Gerard Robinson

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Florida State Board of Education
Commissioner Gerard Robinson
Florida Board of Governors
Chancellor Frank T. Brogan

Florida State Board of Education and Florida Board of Governors: Protect Equal Rights for Florida Students

    1. Jonathan Fried
    2. Petition by

      Jonathan Fried

      Florida City, FL

When Wendy Ruiz graduated from high school she was determined to pursue post-secondary education. She soon found out that she would be treated differently than other US citizens: although Wendy was born in the US and raised in Florida, the state of Florida denies in-state tuition rates to US citizens living in the state but unable to prove the lawful immigrant status of their parents.

The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the Florida State Board of Education and the Florida Board of Governors on behalf of Wendy, Noel Saucedo, Caroline Roa, Kassandra Romero, and Janeth Perez and all others similarly situated. The lawsuit charged that the state’s policies are unconstitutional because they discriminate against US citizen children due to the immigration status of their parents.

On August 31 of this year, Judge K. Michael Moore of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida agreed with Wendy and her lawyers and found that the state’s regulations “violate the Equal Protection Clause to the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.” It is estimated that the ruling will affect upwards of 8,000 students.

Wendy is working and studying, taking a couple of courses at a time Miami Dade College, where she pays non-resident tuition rates over three times that for Florida residents. She says she is fighting not just for herself, but for all students facing the same challenge. “Do you know how many students there are about to graduate from high school who won’t be able to go to college because they have to pay as if they were not from here, being US citizens?” she says. “Getting a college education benefits the state. Let us get an education and contribute our skills to society.”

The State of Florida is considering filing an appeal. Please sign this petition urging Commissioner Gerard Robinson of the Florida State Board of Education and Chancellor Frank T. Brogan of the Florida Board of Governors to accept the judgment of the court and not appeal the decision in Wendy Ruiz, et al. v. Gerard Robinson, et al.

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    • Wick Sloane CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Education is the cure to poverty.

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    • Henrry Gomez HOMESTEAD, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Equal rights for everyone!!!

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    • Rolanda Schand HOMESTEAD, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      We are Amerian citizens who have a right to a fair equal education whose parents are not immigrants. Does that make my birth certificate anymore unreal to those of documented parents. I THINK NOT... Equality and Justice for all is the American Dream how dare we take away this right. I am signing this petition not for me but for every student that is yet to come behind me, for those without voices, those who want to someday live the American Dream... It is my right and my duty to Protect the Rights for all Florida Residents...

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    • Aleida Vieyra HOMESTEAD, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe everyone deserves to have an equal opportunity at education.

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    • P D MIAMI, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I believe that every American citizen should have the to pay a resident tuition fee regardless of their parents being documented or not. If they are born and raised in the United States, they are Americans and should have the same rights.

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