Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
BY MARKUS SCHMIDT | Richmond Times-Dispatch
One of them, Del. Alfonso H. Lopez, D-Arlington, is spearheading a bipartisan effort in the House to pass legislation that would allow eligible students to get in-state tuition. The Lopez proposals essentially are inspired by the federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, which has languished in Congress for years.
“We have a duty in Virginia to educate all children K through 12. We have a duty to invest in them,” Lopez said. “But we pay for them until 12th grade and then we tell them they can’t go further.”
Lopez was elected to the House of Delegates in 2011. The DREAM Act was the first bill he introduced in 2012 — but the measure wasn’t even heard on the subcommittee level. Lopez said he made a promise that he would keep trying until the bill passes.