Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman, who’s currently campaigning for Congress against GOP Rep. Bob Turner, held a press conference today focusing on nuts and bolts of education policy and lambasting Republicans in Congress for failing to do enough. A source close to Mr. Lancman indicated today’s event was an attempt to draw contrast with Republicans (like his opponent, hint, hint) while at the same time focusing on a meat and potatoes sort of campaign.
“Students are graduating with the equivalent of a mortgage’s worth of debt, with no house to show for it,” Mr. Lancman said. “Our students deserve better, and Congress needs to stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.”
The State University of New York Board of Trustees passed a resolution yesterday calling for legislation that would give undocumented immigrant students access to tuition assistance, loans and in-state tuition rates “as intended by the DREAM Act.”
“The current demographic realities of New York State indicate that many of the brightest and hardest working students eligible to enroll at SUNY are of undocumented status, and it is imperative that SUNY remain accessible to these students,” Board Chairman H. Carl McCall said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t losing too much sleep over a group of University of North Carolina students who are petitioning the school to revoke his invitation to speak at their commencement in May because of his role in the eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park last month. The mayor discussed the UNC petition at a press conference for the opening of a new probation office in Brownsville this morning. “I don’t know what their issues are. I was honored to be invited by one of the great schools in this country and if they want me, I’ll be happy to do it, and if they don’t want me, I’ll still say nothing but good things about it,” Mayor Bloomberg said.