Temple Students for Tuition-free 2 and 4-year State College

Temple Students for Tuition-free 2 and 4-year State College

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Kendall Stephens started this petition to Mayor Jim Kenney and

Tuition in America has spun out-of-control. Students who wish to attend a post-secondary institution of learning are often relegated to making an incredibly difficult choice: pursue your academic endeavors and risk crippling debt from high interest student loans or sacrifice your dreams of scholastic pursuit and risk the inevitable magnitude of debt, which is too great a burden to endure. Why in the home of brave and land of the free are we preventing our citizens, from all walks of life, from achieving their personal iteration of the American Dream that is often paved by the educational bricks we lay through the course of collegiate advancement. When we leverage someone's educational promise with a capitalist agenda, which only serves to squander ones hopes and dreams of reaching the very heights of their potential, we are saying that they do not matter. In fact, you show them that that the cost of them being positioned on the powerless side of elitism is the slammed-shut door of opportunity. Let's open that door to opportunity once and for all. Let the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania be an echo chamber for the 20 plus other states and cities around this great nation who have made 2-year and/or 4-year state colleges tuition-free. From our starry-eyed youth fresh out of high school looking to make their world mark to adults of all ages who are looking to take hold of glorious opportunities to reset their lives in the spirit of academia, we need to affirm them. It is our obligation to help them forge their "paths to possibilities" as Community College of Philadelphia touts or help them build and strengthen their "Perservantia Vincit" or "perseverance conquers" as Temple's mantra details.  How about we follow our great Penn State's motto of "making lives better". We can all make people's lives better if you take away the inequitable barrier of tuition that is keeping our beloved Pennsylvanians from attending 2 and 4-year state colleges.

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