October 2008, Volume 12, Number 8


Voters to decide on Amendment 8

Smiling Miami Dade College students

Florida voters will have the chance to empower communities with a constitutional amendment on Election Day, Nov. 4. The amendment gives them a choice in supporting their local colleges.

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently reported that 90 percent of the new jobs being created in this country require college-level learning. No greater barometer of success exists for a community than the number of residents with a college degree.

With the second-lowest median income in the nation, the region needs to expand access to higher education. The growth of the region depends on the continued strength of MDC.

Amendment 8 offers a practical and positive solution: Let local communities decide by referendum how to support community colleges.

For information, visit www.voteyes8fl.org.

— Staff Report

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