Students to Sue Feds Over Denial of Aid for Drug Offenses
The ACLU and Students for Sensible Drug Policy are filing a federal lawsuit today against the Department of Education and Secretary Margaret Spellings. The suit challenges the constitutionality of the law that strips college financial aid from students with drug convictions. The New York Times wrote about it here.
The policy has already derailed or destroyed the academic careers of nearly 200,000 would-be students since being enacted in 2000. Drug offenders are the only class of people automatically denied aid - murderers, rapists, arsonists, burglars, etc are still eligible.
A full copy of ACLU/SSDP's complaint is on the site, for your perusal.
Most importantly, they are looking to find more plaintiffs for this class action lawsuit. More information on the case is on their site.
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