The state of higher education in the United States is in dire need of reform. The continually rising cost of tuition is creating a situation where many people who aspire to go to college cannot, because they simply cannot afford the high price tag.
For those who decide to attend college, the financial burden can be crushing, and the prospect of employment after graduation bleak.
Thirty million college students and recent graduates are trapped in the financial prison of student loan debt. Most students must take out costly loans to meet the skyrocketing cost of tuition. Yet paying off those loans can be almost impossible, as young people face double-digit unemployment and much lower pay – 40% less – than their parents’ generation received for the same work.
Jill Stein understands that the current system of high-cost tuition, mounting student debt, and faltering student aid simply cannot last.
As President of the United States, Jill Stein will implement tuition-free education from kindergarten through college, thus eliminating the student debt crisis. Current student debt, which totals over $1 trillion and exceeds even total credit card debt, will be forgiven.
Jill Stein understands that the growing trend of privatized colleges and corporate-funded charter schools is not the answer for improving education. Thus, Stein will protect public schools from being privatized.
Jill Stein will put an end to high-stakes testing, and stop punishing students and teachers for the failures of the system in which they work and study. Jill Stein does not support denying students diplomas based on tests, and will end the system of using merit pay to punish teachers.
On November 6, we urge you to cast your vote for the candidate who will truly reform our failing educational system and usher country into the 21st century with an education system that truly works for all. Vote Jill Stein for President.
Cabo Granato, Founding member, New Jersey United Students; SGA President of Rutgers Newark
Latonya Wallace, College Greens organizer, Mary Baldwin College, Stauton, VA
Andrew Gorman, College Greens member, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Jacob Bloom, President of Humboldt State University College Greens, Arcata, CA; founder of HSU NORML chapter
Brianna Lee, Vice President, Humboldt State College Greens
Nevada Martindale, student, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ; Mother of 6
Santino Granato, Old Dominion University Alum; Civil Engineer, Hampton Roads, VA
Ryan Jones, Founder, College Greens, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Patrick Burke, Student Labor Action Project Organizer, Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
Alex Shantz, College Greens President, Napa Valley College, CA
Drew Langdon, Candidate for NY State Assembly 137th District; Former Student, Houghton College, NY
Matt Rogina, USC Alum; former County Council member, Green Party of Sonoma County, CA
Steve Alesch, Park Commissioner, Warrenville, IL; Alum of Illinois Institute of Technology Graduate school and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Dominick Granato, Disabled Vietnam War veteran; father of two with large student debt
Polina Tchebotarova, Biology lecturer, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Larry Carter, Charleston County Green Party Executive, Charleston, SC
Richard Gomez, Former student, Westland College, MI
Latonda Hinton, Student, Rutgers University
Rohan Signh, Graduate, Rutgers University
Akin Lolu, Executive Board Member, New Jersey United Students; Student, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ