“This is a win for students and all of Arizona,” says AEA President Joe Thomas. “Our DACA students have been living in Arizona, gained a public school education, graduated, and now they want to attend college to get a good job and give back to the community. Why would our state put up barriers to someone with the potential to contribute to our workforce and economy?”
With the passage of SCR1044, we are one step closer to providing more educational opportunities for our students. Next, SCR1044 will go to the 2022 ballot where Arizona voters will decide whether Dreamers will have access to in-state tuition.
AEA believes this is a civil rights issue and that no group should be subjected to discrimination because they are living and working in a country other than the one in which they were born. As educators, AEA members believe in fairness and equality and that all children in Arizona should be given access to pursue the dream of higher education on an equal footing.