HEA Campaign Gets Media: Student Victim Cases Still Needed 7/20/01

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With the help of some courageous students or would-be students willing to go public, the campaign to overturn the drug provision of the Higher Education Act, led by DRCNet and Students for Sensible Drug Policy, has garnered more valuable media coverage on this issue. Last Sunday (7/15), the Associated Press ran a story about the HEA drug provision, mentioning Students for Sensible Drug Policy and interviewing Todd Howard, a 32-year old from Kentucky who is trying to go back to school for computers. Associated Press articles are reprinted in newspapers around the country.

The article also provided the first major coverage of a letter sent by the nation's major national higher education organizations, coordinated by the American Council on Education (ACE), to US Representative and DEA Chief Administrator nominee Asa Hutchinson. ACE and 12 other groups ranging from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to the United Negro College Fund called for total repeal of the HEA drug provision, which they called "fundamentally flawed."

Have you or someone you know or know of lost financial aid for college because of a drug conviction? The campaign still needs to find more such students or would-be students who are willing to go public and talk to the media, especially in the greater New York City area. Please contact DRCNet at (202) 293-8340 or Students for Sensible Drug Policy at (202) 293-4414 if you can help, or e-mail [email protected].

Visit http://www.raiseyourvoice.com for further information on this effort.

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