By David Ramadan Feb 16, 2017
For all the lip service the Virginia legislature pays to making higher education more affordable, Virginia students who want nothing more than a college degree and a more successful future may as well be watching a silent movie. It has long been my hope that the General Assembly would remedy the painfully obvious problem that many leaders within our public colleges and universities seem more concerned about featherbedding and less about openness and accountability.
Now, having read the RTD’s Feb. 12 editorial — aptly headlined “Higher Education: Duh” — waiting to speak out isn’t an option for me anymore because Virginians are clearly being short-changed.
The chance for a better future is something I take personally. I came to America from Lebanon with very little money, but I had an abundant supply of hope that an education would allow me to prosper in these great United States.
My immigration dream came true beyond my wildest imagination, leading me to tremendous professional success and the chance to serve my adopted home in the Virginia House of Delegates.
My first days walking the halls of Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol were a heady mix of unvarnished awe and a keen sense of responsibility. …Read More