From Students for Sensible Drug Policy, an opportunity to take action: Visit http://www.SchoolsNotPrisons.com/aid/ to send letters to Congress and join more than 150 prominent organizations that are calling on Congress to finally repeal the law that has stripped financial aid from nearly 200,000 college students with drug convictions.
In the next few weeks, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) will reintroduce his Removing Impediments to Students’ Education (RISE) Act, which would overturn the penalty. Last year, the bill had more than 70 co-sponsors, including the new chairmen of the committees on Education and Labor, Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform. Even Speaker Nancy Pelosi herself co-sponsored an earlier version of the bill.
With the whole Higher Education Act due to be reauthorized later this year, there is very good reason to believe that these Congressional leaders will move to reinstate aid to students affected by the penalty.
The letter signed by more than 150 prominent education, substance abuse recovery, and civil rights organizations can be found at http://www.ssdp.org/campaigns/hea/letter.shtml
Check out the list of the organizations that signed the letter. Pretty impressive.