2009-03-13 / Letters

Offering A Fair, Higher Education

Dear Editor,

As I read page 3 of The Post [dated] Wednesday, February 25, [it stated] "urged every American to commit to a year of higher education or career training." Wow! Everyone knows the best time for an adult to go back to school is when the economy is low and employment is down. In New York, you get Pell, FAFSA and maybe some subsidized Stanford Loans.

But I keep reflecting on the "No Child Left Behind" idea [and wonder] if most children had a good [higher education] to begin with? I am on a personal need here as one of my children is in a four-year college which is not recognized by any of the so-called help agencies, Human Resources, FS, Medicaid; even if the child is on partial scholarship and in a school federally funded work-study program and has been since freshman year.

Many people are going through this and do not know who to call for help. This letter is also being sent to President Obama. I am a Rockaway resident and, [like] many other parents, haven't had the chance to go to college and have worked hard and am filled with so much hope for our generations. So what does the No Child Left Behind really mean and what is the age appropriation and when does it end? It's like pulling the rug out from under you. They only recognize two-year colleges. Why is that! Did you vote for that? I didn't, please help! Contact The Wave. Thank you so much for your time for this critical matter, that will affect hundreds, thousands of new college students as well as children in college [and give them] the hope to finish college.


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