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Baltimore County Teacher Joins Rally for DREAM Act

A Deer Park Middle School teacher is a speaker at a Saturday neighborhood canvassing event in Baltimore supporting the act.

Baltimore County teacher David Cooper said he was growing uncomfortable talking to his students about college when he knew they didn't all have a fair chance of attending.

Cooper, a seventh grade math teacher at Deer Park Middle School, is one of the speakers at a Saturday Baltimore event defending the Maryland DREAM Act, which would allow certain undocumented immigrants to attend state colleges at in-state tuition rates, ahead of the November ballot. Following the press conference, supportors will canvass Baltimore neighborhoods to discuss the issue.

"I have a hard time as a teacher telling students they have equal rights to college when they don't," he said.

Cooper, whose class theme is Dream Chasers, said there are a good number of students at Deer Park who would be impacted by the DREAM Act, but he hopes students not affected would be moved by empathy for their peers. He said denying students equal opportunities to higher education would cause the state to lose potential talent.

"I want there to be an investment in all my students," he said.

Cooper's purpose in attending the press conference, which is hosted by Baltimore nonprofit The Intersection, is to advocate for the DREAM Act and dispel myths surrounding it.

"It's about fairness," he said.

A recently released poll conducted by Democratic political consultants revealed that the majority of Maryland voters were in favor of the act.

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Terminator October 02, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Steve, what are you trying to say about $10/hr nail pounders? I would say that they are the salt of the earth and you would be living in an adobe hut without them. I would take a nail pounder any day instead of an arrogant creep like you.
Joe October 02, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Add carpenters to the long long list of those Americans Steve has bigoted views against. Why do you despise carpenters Steve? At least carpenters can create something. Can you create anything other that hate for others around you?
Buck Harmon October 02, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Thanks for proving my point once again Steve...loser comments just roll off your finger tips...
Joe October 02, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Sorry I post more words than you twits can comprehend. 140 characters must be your limit. Being so closed minded is par for the course for you.
Bill Howard October 07, 2012 at 08:02 PM
According to Martin O'Malley, your kids are less of a priority than illegal aliens. If these teachers want to support the Dream Act they should educate illegals on their own time after school.

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