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Denver, Colorado – It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for students from Denver’s Aurora High School as they met privately with the lawmaker who designed the much acclaimed early college awareness program, GEAR UP, in which they are currently enrolled. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), in town to attend the Democratic National Convention, took time from his busy schedule to meet with the group he refers to as America’s future leaders.

The highly successful Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs was created a decade ago by Congressman Fattah. GEAR UP assists middle and high school students in the successful completion of their studies ensuring that they study hard and take the proper college preparatory classes. The goal is to make certain the students are eligible and competitive for admission to colleges and universities.

More than seventy students along with GEAR UP program directors met with Congressman Fattah to give him a first hand account of the programs impact on their lives and to thank him for
the many opportunities such as tutoring, time management, and mentoring the program provides.

Congressman Fattah said, “It’s exhilarating to know that these young people who have so much potential are able to access every tool available to them to be academically successful.” Fattah added, “Because of GEAR UP, these students and thousands like them across the country will be prepared to perform on the highest academic level.”

Since 1998 some 2 million students at high-poverty middle and high schools in 48 states and 4 territories have been served through the GEAR UP program. A new government report shows GEAR UP participants exceed the national averages of their peers in graduating high school and entering college.

Introduced by Congressman Fattah in the 110th: 

    H.R. 3317 – GEAR UP Enhancement Act  
    The bill amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve and enhance the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). Read More on HR 3317   


    H.R. 2130 – Comprehensive Transform America Transaction Fee Act of 2007  
    The bill directs the Secretary of the Treasury to conduct an in-depth study on the implementation of a transaction fee in the United States to replace all existing federal taxes. The bill is currently before the House Committee on Ways and Means. Read More on HR 2130   


    H.R. 2373 – Student Bill of Rights  
    The legislation calls for the Secretary of Education to make annual determinations as to whether each state's public school system provides all its students with educational resources to succeed academically and in life. Currently, the legislation is being reviewed by the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Read More on HR 2373


    H. R. 2477 – State Child Well-Being Research Act of 2007  
    The legislation amends Part A (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) (TANF) of Title IV of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop comprehensive indicators to assess child well-being in each state. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Read More on HR 2477 from www.childindicators.com



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