Endorse Efforts to Create a Study Group to Analyze the Tuition Hike of Maricopa County Community College (MCCCD) for Out-of-State Tuition

WHEREAS, the League of United Latin American Citizens is this nation’s oldest and largest Latino organization, founded in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 17, 1929; and

WHEREAS, LULAC throughout its history has committed itself to the principles that Latinos have equal access to opportunities in employment, education, housing and healthcare; and

WHEREAS, we believe in the democratic principles of individual political and religious freedom, in the right to equality of social economic opportunity, and in the duty of cooperative endeavor towards the development of an American society wherein the cultural resources and integrity of every individual and group constitutes basic assets of responsibilities and duties and asserts our rights and privileges in the pursuit of a fuller and richer civilization for this our native country; and

WHEREAS, the Board of MCCCD recently voted to increase tuition for out-of-state students taking 1 to 7 credits which is more than 230% than before; and

WHEREAS, the new tuition structure will affect some important programs in high schools; and

WHEREAS, the recent actions by the Board will result in the loss of many students who cannot afford the increased tuition; and

WHEREAS, not challenged, this tuition hike may result in copy-cat decisions by other boards of higher education;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that all residents of the United States join the League of United Latin American Citizens better known as LULAC, in supporting lobbying and petitioning efforts to re-examine and analyze tuition hikes for out-of-state students in MCCCD to avoid copy-cat trends in other states.

Approved this 1st day of July 2011.

Margaret Moran
LULAC National President