AUSTIN, TX — Hundreds of youth will attend Jolt’s inaugural Power Up Summit on March 1st at 2PM on the steps of the Texas Capitol, demanding legislators take bold action on higher education, including tackling the student debt crisis and protecting the Texas DREAM Act during the 2019 legislative session.
The failure of legislators to invest in higher education has burdened an entire generation with student debt. During Jolt’s Power Up Summit, Texas youth will lobby State Representatives to take action and pass bills to make college more affordable and end some of the most punitive measures against student debt borrowers :
- SB 37: Prohibits the denial, suspension, revocation or refusal to renew a professional license due to a default on student loan payments.
- SB 32: Establishes tuition-free public higher education for Texas students whose annual household incomes are less than $150,000.
- SB 33: Establishes tuition-free, in-state access to Texas community colleges.
“By 2025, 40% of former students are expected to default on their student loan debt. This legislative session, Jolt is tackling the student debt crisis to ensure higher education is affordable for everyone and is working to ensure that young people in Texas are not starting their lives off with massive burdens, that keep them from building wealth and pursuing their dreams,” Cristina Tzintzún Ramírez founder and executive director of Jolt.
Jolt will be also be unveiling the “Lose The Loans: 2019 Overview of the Student Debt Crisis in Texas” analysis during the rally and publish a new petition to push back against State Rep. Kyle Biedermann’s House Bill 413, which seeks to block DACA recipients from receiving in-state tuition.
Jolt is the largest youth Latino progressive organization in Texas, focused on building the power and growing the influence of young Latinos. Visit jolttx.org to learn more and join the conversation online using the hashtag #TXPowerUp.