MANA continues to urge Sen. Reid to defund Gainful Employment rule
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MANA, A National Latina Organization, today called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to lead the Senate in defunding the Gainful Employment rule. As the budget negotiations move forward and the Senate has the opportunity to support the amendment passed in the House of Representatives to defund Gainful Employment, MANA released the following statement:
"Minority and low-income students – including Hispanics – rely on federal financial aid to attend institutions of higher learning. In fact, 39% of all students at career colleges are minorities. Therefore, we must work together to ensure that these students can continue to pursue higher education and gain skills that will set them on the path to a career."
"MANA urges Senator Reid to support the amendment, introduced by Chairman Kline of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and which passed with bipartisan support in the House, to defund the Department of Education's harmful Gainful Employment rule. We do encourage Senator Reid to lead members of the Senate in supporting solutions to student debt that will not severely and adversely limit the number of minority and low-income students that are able to attend college. Help our communities in achieving the higher education levels President Obama has defined. Our nation's future depends on how well we are able to educate a population that will soon represent a majority of the workforce: African-Americans, Hispanics, and Women."
MANA, A National Latina Organization, is a nonprofit advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. With chapters across the country, it is the oldest national Latina membership organization in the United States. MANA, whose mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy, envisions a national community of informed Latina activists working to improve the quality of life for all Hispanics. MANA also has the only national Latina mentoring program for girls 11 to 18, known as "HERMANITAS®".
SOURCE MANA, A National Latina Organization