Cardona Secretary has the virtual round table to discuss the importance of providing PELL subsidies for incarcerated individuals May 25, 2021 Contact: Press office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
  • This afternoon, the Ministry of Education Miguel Cardona held a virtual round table to show The importance of providing peel subsidies for imprisoned individuals talking with students and former students who took university courses in prison.

    This session allowed the Secretary to listen directly to students who have gone through college in prison programs and have provided information on how we can improve. Serve these students when moving forward.

    The Cardona Secretary launched the discussion and heard as the students shared their stories.

    "I am very happy to be here to talk with you today and thank each of you for your willingness to share your stories with me. The university in prison programs has an important mission in which I believe Firmly. I know how important the teachers and teachers are and the effect they have on all our life trajectories, and I want the most imprisoned adults to have access to high quality educational programs while 're in jail ".

    one by one. The previously imprisoned students shared their histories of winning triumph, as well as the many challenges they faced trying to fulfill their educational objectives.

    Daniela Medina, from California, said she left high school and, finally, she was imprisoned. During her imprisonment, she said that she won her ged, which led her thirst for her and the longing to bring something positive to her family once she left jail.

    "Three years before I parule, the University of the Feather River in Quincy, California, entered the prison and said they were only accepting 60 students from the 3,000 women who were imprisoned. I was very lucky If one of the elect, "said Medina.

    Medina said that you have the opportunity to pursue an education, while the incarcerated was filled with confidence and changed her perspective on herself.

    "I did not feel like I'm imprisoned or an incarcerated person," she said. "I felt it was a scholar and part of the student body on a university campus."

    Medina Graduated Magna Cum Laude With a Basw of UC Berkeley in 2019. She recently graduated with her master's degree in Social Work of UC Berkeley and was awarded the Social Justice Social Courty Award of Social Dean .

    All students agreed overwhelmingly that more resources are needed to help prison bonus schools, so the most incarcerated people have access to quality education.

    Cardona closed the round table reaffirming the commitment of it to provide pee grants for imprisoned students.

    "I am inspired by what I have heard today about the importance of this problem and the continuous need for access to pell for imprisoned students. I am committed to ensuring that the department works well to serve students well today imprisoned, and increase access to high quality postsecondary education for these students. "

    The United States Department of Education (ED) is currently running the second chance Pell experiment that allows the 100 universities to offer pell subsidies to imprisoned individuals. In the coming years, ED will be implementing a change of change made in December 2020 that eliminates a legislative prohibition that prevented imprisoned students outside the experiment receive access to this aid.

    The administration of BIDEN has proposed historical investments in our educational system, including the increase of the Federal Maximum Peeigning at $ 1400.

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