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Letter: Represent parents, children; not special interests

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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 2:59 pm

There has been a lot of talk in the opinion pages recently about the Quality Education & Jobs Act, which seeks to adequately fund K-12 education, universities and children’s health care. A lot of the criticism comes from lobbyists who represent special interest groups, rather than the interests of real Arizona parents and students.

As a native Arizonan and college student, I know this grassroots initiative will solve a lot of the problems facing college students. As it stands now, state-based financial aid only accounts for 1 percent of the total aid awarded to students, which means students disproportionately turn to student loans. Such tremendous student debt loads mean that students like me will have to delay major life decisions like buying a house or a car. The Quality Education and Jobs initiative brings something monumental to students — $150 million worth of financial aid for students.

Arizona is at a crossroads: We can either support this initiative that brings real solutions or we can do nothing and watch Arizona fall even further behind.

Megan Riley

Mesa

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