HEA in the Press 4/27/01

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DRCNet and Students for Sensible Drug Policy are collaborating in bringing the issue of the Higher Education Act Drug Provision and the campaign to repeal it to the media's attention, and coverage has increased dramatically. Some of the highlights:

On Thursday, nationally syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington released a terrific column on the issue titled "Hypocrisy 101: Bush Gets Tough on 'Youthful Indiscretions'" -- check it out at http://www.ariannaonline.com/columns/files/042601.html on the web or in any number of papers around the country.

Thursday's Washington Post included an editorial by the paper calling for passage of Barney Frank's bill to repeal the drug provision.

Wednesday's Wall Street Journal ran an in-depth report, featured on the front page, top left.

A partial list of other coverage includes CNN Headline News, the Fox News Channel, two Associated Press stories, Christian Science Monitor, Village Voice, AP Radio, Bloomberg News Radio, Oliver North, Barry & Wood (Marion Barry's TV show), U-Wire campus wire service, Chronicle of Higher Education and numerous campus papers around the country. More is yet to come!

The HEA drug provision delays or denies federal financial aid for college to students convicted of drug offenses. Please visit http://www.RaiseYourVoice.com to send a free e-mail or fax to Congress in support of the Frank bill, H.R. 786, to repeal the HEA drug provision; and while you're there, download an activist packet to find out how to get involved in the campaign to repeal this bad law.

Last but not least, DRCNet needs your help in the form of non-tax-deductible donations to support this fast-growing campaign. Please visit http://www.drcnet.org/drcreg.html to make a contribution -- large or small -- whatever you can afford or are inspired to give. We and the students thank you!

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