Students Asks Legislators to Fund Promise From Their Pockets

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

MSU Sophomore Elizabeth Battiste spent Tuesday canvassing the Capitol, trying to collect cash to fund college from legislators.

"I've actually been asking them to give to my education fund, because I received $1,000 last year and I should be receiving $1,000 this year," Battiste said.

Originally from Rochester Hills, Battiste says she was a ward of the state until she turned 18.

"That basically means that the state was my legal guardian and basically by revoking the Michigan Promise scholarship, it's basically taking away my parent funding for my education" Battiste said.

So, to make up for the potential loss of money she's approaching lawmakers politely, asking them to fund her promise out of their own pockets.

"I've had a couple of brush offs from a couple of different elected officials, and I know that a lot of them are also really supportive," Battiste said.

"If we end up not funding this, I think that's a very important question we all need to try to help," said Rep. Joan Bauer (D) Lansing.

"I had money on me, I gave it to her because I know she needs it, she's a college student she relied on a promise and we may not be delivering it," said Rep. Barb Byrum (D) Onondaga.

At the end of the day she left with a $5 donation but she say it's more about the message over the money.

"It was more about bringing a face to the cause, and making sure that they know it is an issue that students care about," Battiste said.

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  • by Barb Location: Jackson on Oct 3, 2009 at 04:33 PM
  • by robert Location: lansing,Michigan on Oct 3, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    Get hired into McDonalds and put your self through college?There isn't enough of those jobs left,sorry.Try finding much work in MI and guess what,it's not there.Thousands are looking for work.Jobs are leaving Mi,and none coming in.When will kids understand promises can't always be kept.When will those making promise learn not to?Many want to go to college,many can't at this time and can't find jobs either.So does this mean a few more years living at home with mom and dad?You could be homeless,many are.Mich gov has put us where we are at.Now they must figure out what to do about it,without saying they were wrong.We may not want more taxes,then again where are jobs?If we put higher taxes on the ones here,watch more leave.Many home owners surely can't afford a dime more taxes, middle class on down,already can't pay rising prices on anything.They complain houses aren't selling.well no.To many bills if owning.Money is not flowing down from the rich,but up to them.It just don't work.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    How much are the wars costing.We fight their battles for them and they don't change really.Then we rebuild their country free.We ship grains and stuff over seas,free.while many go without in this country.This keeps our food prices up.It allows good relationships.We can't keep jobs in the USA because the government don't stop them from leaving.We have thousands of homeless on society has turned their backs on.This includes children and elderly people.This has grown to millions just over job loss.If we have became such a poor country now it is due to job loss and the upper class society that is greedy,and the government of the USA remains rich.Giving themselves so many pay raises.Even social security funds are short.Not because people didn't pay them in,but because they have been borrowed from and money never returned.No young people want money for schooling?No jobs for them to work through school,parents can't afford and after all the gov offered.All we hear is get an education!How?
  • by carl Location: Michigan on Oct 1, 2009 at 04:40 AM
    Free or not free?What does free really mean.Does it mean a helping hand?Does it mean you get what you pay for?If free,does it mean a student won't try?Pay or free,many can not find jobs when jobs aren't there.Help with schooling is nice.It keeps one from going and being in debt as much after getting out of college.This helps money to go into the economy,faster and gives one a fresh start.If one wishes to go in debt 100,000 or more for a education,so be it.It does not mean you will get a job faster,or you will do a better job,than one who had help.Life don't work that way any more.If each church group wants to fund there members children schooling,how would this work?I guess many private church schools would be done before they started.I do think since the Government pushes education which is needed,maybe the white house should come up with some plan to take over all schooling.It would be better than paying for wars.Or all the raises they keep giving themselves.
  • by St. James Location: St. Johns on Oct 1, 2009 at 04:34 AM
    Promises, Promises!!! If your disappointed over $4000 that someone else earned, wait until retirement/health care. If you don't hand over the money in the first place, then you won't be disappointed after. Government should be of saftey and infrastructure, nothing more, nothing less. We are no longer a wealthy country, monetarily or morally.
  • by Chris Location: dug out cave in Mason on Sep 30, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    Mason has the money to build a New police station and city hall, but we can't channel money into the Michigan Promise Scholarship. *banging head against wall*
  • by St. James Location: St. Johns on Sep 30, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    I think "LegallyRad nailed it. If a politicians lips are moving when making a promise? "You lie"
  • by Brian on Sep 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    Anonymous... how can you tell if a politician is lying? Yep, their mouth is moving! You say the lawmakers should keep their "word"!? What world have you been living in for the past 20 years?
  • by Stupid I Guess Location: Jackson on Sep 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    No 1 The $1000 a year by no means pays for a college education. It helps a little and it is $4000 less you owe in loans at the end of 4 years. Plus you had to get a good score on your MEAP tests to be entitled to it. So they might as well do away with the MEAP tests. No. 2 Who wants to be in debt for the amount of a small house when you graduate. You are already behind the 8 ball before you even get a job in your field of study. No. 3 In some states you are guarenteed a college education free. Which is why some of these states are not in the blight that Michigan is. No. 4 There are going to be a lot of people that cannot afford to go to even a community college without the Promise. It is a sad, sad day for the State of Michigan when we no longer help our youth grow and prosper.
  • by Dave Location: Litchfield on Sep 30, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    I often wonder how many Albert Einsteins, Dr. Jonas Salks, George Washington Carvers, have been denied higher educations because they DID NOT have the money to attend college. How many innovations and improvements have been denied to the world's people for a better life because money is valued much more highly than intelligence, knowledge, and compassion? How can Michigan, (or the United States), lead the world when the talent and inventiveness of it people is underutilized?
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