The National Forum has been concerned to hear recent news about likely loss of college access funding across Michigan. After our years of work in researching and promoting college access, especially in neighborhoods in Detroit, we recognize the significant impact that this sort of funding can have on the college-going behaviors of countless members of our communities. We urge you to consider joining us in working to secure this funding for Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and the many programs and partners it works with.
The following is from a recent email from MCAN:
1.) Call your Congressional Representative TODAY and ask they send a letter to Secretary Duncan to reconsider the waiver
Sign the delegation letter currently being circulated by Representative Kildee.
Utilize this template letter to send individually. Template CACG Letter from Representative (PDF – Constant Contact only allowed PDF to be uploaded) (View in browser)
2.) Inform your Congressman that the U.S. Department of Education is denying Michigan federal funds because we have been unable to fund higher education in our state at equal levels. This is a violation of state rights. The federal government should not be in the business of dictating how states choose to allocate state resources.
3.) Share news stories relevant to the topic with your friends and coworkers.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact MCAN’s office at 517-316-1713 or email staff directly.
Disclaimer: You may have questions about what is allowable advocacy or lobbying. Any organization can provide elected officials with unbiased research information. Also, any nonprofit or public entity can spend a small portion of their time on direct advocacy and lobbying efforts. To learn more about the rules and regulations to how and why your organization should lobby, visit the Michigan Nonprofit Association website at http://mnaonline.org/publicpolicyadvocacy.aspx.
Michigan College Access Network works to dramatically increase Michigan’s college participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income and first-generation college students of all ages. The goal of the organization is to increase the proportion of Michigan residents with college degrees and valuable credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. www.micollegeaccess.org.