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A bill that aids Washington, D.C., students in attending college at similarly low in-state tuition rates as the rest of the nation’s students was introduced last Thursday by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.).
The bill calls for the reauthorization of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program of 1999 for five years. DCTAG, which Norton said has “far exceeded all expectations,” allows D.C. students to attend public colleges or universities in the United States at in-state tuition levels or to receive $2,500 annually to attend certain private colleges and universities in the region or private Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the country.
D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams (D) has testified that DCTAG has accounted for a 35 percent increase in D.C. students attending college, with almost 5,000 students receiving funding from the measure for the most recent school year.
GPO Offers Free Access to Katrina Report
The U.S. Government Printing Office is offering the public free access to the official report on the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
The report, titled “The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned,” outlines 17 lessons the executive branch learned from its review, 125 specific recommendations to President Bush and 11 critical actions set to be completed by June 1 — the official start of the hurricane season.
The public can access the report at one of GPO’s more than 1,250 libraries across the country. The report is also available online at www.gpoaccess.gov under “Featured Items.”
The report also can be purchased for $27 at the GPO’s bookstore at 710 North Capitol St. NW. And it can be ordered by phone or online: Call (866) 512-1800 or visit
bookstore.gpo.gov/collections/katrina2.jsp for details.
MLK Memorial Gets Boost From Disney
Fundraising for the Martin Luther King National Memorial received a boost last week when The Walt Disney Company Foundation donated $2.5 million to the effort.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation so far has raised $47 million, with a $10 million Congressional match. It needs to raise $43 million more for the project’s total cost.
“Everyone can do his or her part to help make sure this great man’s legacy will do more than endure, but will grow, and that Martin Luther King Jr.’s story will be known and inspire generations to come,” said Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger.
The donation was made at “Dream Dinner,” a fundraising event for the project. Many celebrity supporters attended the dinner, including Morgan Freeman, Alfre Woodard, Jack Valenti, Tommy Hilfiger, Gary Cowger of General Motors, Clarence Avant, Usher, Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, Victoria Rowell and Antwone Fisher.
The memorial will be built on the National Mall, adjacent to the F.D.R. Memorial and in a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. was given authorization to build the memorial in 1996. Last August, Congress authorized $10 million in matching funds for the memorial.
The groundbreaking is scheduled for later this year, and the memorial is expected to be completed in 2008.
— Tom Gottlieb, Elizabeth Brotherton and Stephanie Woodrow