Washington State Joins Tuition Equity Movement

Washington State Joins Tuition Equity Movement

"Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Wednesday that expands state college financial aid to students who don't have legal status in the United States.  The law is a key victory for immigrant advocates, and Washington joins California, Texas and New Mexico in approving similar legislation.  The Senate and House versions of the bill were almost identical but had two dueling names.  The Senate's version, which was the one signed into law, was dubbed "The Real Hope Act" while "The Washington Dream Act" was the name the bill had in the House.  "Whatever you call it, what's important is what it will do for thousands of bright and talented and very hard working students across the state of Washington," Inslee said at the bill signing ceremony.  "Today we're allowing dreams to come true."  Signed in a ceremonial room in the Capitol, Inslee was surrounded by dozens of students, many of whom identified themselves as "Dreamers" — the moniker students without legal status have taken in their cause." - AP, Feb. 26, 2014.