By: Lanetra Bennett
April 21, 2014
Students for a Democratic Society chapters from Florida State University, the University of Florida, and the University of South Florida rallied in Tallahassee this morning outside the Senate Office Building.
The students from SDS will also visit Senate President Don Gaetz’s office to demand that he allow SB1400, the bill that would allow tuition equity for undocumented students, to come onto the Senate floor for a majority vote.
This action is in response to Senator Joe Negron’s decision to keep the bill off the Senate Appropriations Committee agenda, despite the bipartisan support in the state legislature.
Presently, undocumented students must pay out-of-state tuition despite graduating from Florida high schools. Over the past year, SDS has been leading the movement in Florida universities for tuition equity, passing resolutions in their Student and Faculty Senates, speaking at their Board of Trustee meetings, hosting weekly call-ins, and converging in Tallahassee last month.