A proposed measure would let all NJ students — regardless of immigration status — pay in-state tuition at state schools

By Hank Kalet

[…] Donna Chiera, president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, which represents a portion of the state’s teachers and college professors, agrees. In her testimony, she said teachers make a promise to students that “if they learn to read and write, to be good citizens, to do math, then they can do whatever they want.”

“These students came to our schools, came to our classrooms and did what we asked them to do and now they can’t afford college,” she said. “Because they are not getting an opportunity to go to college and get the opportunity to get a better paying job, we are paying down the line.”


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