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Students discuss their fiscal future

May 9, 2006

Albany - Some Dougherty County middle schools students discuss a harsh reality. America's future working class won't be able to make ends meet unless big changes are made.

Tuesday, students at Radium Springs Middle School took part in a National Issue Forum sponsored by Albany State University and The Links, Incorporated. Student moderators lead a discussion about the struggles facing the working class, a group many of the students will be a part of in as little as four years.

They talked about the pros and cons or raising the minimum wage and giving incentives to American businesses that don't outsource. And they discussed why some of their fellow students aren't succeeding.

"Their education, they are not focusing in schools. There are hanging our with the wrong crowd," said student moderator Tyrah Rucks.

There will be another National Issue Forum Thursday at Abundant Life Fellowship Church on East Road. Albany State professors will moderate the discussion on the affect of faith-based organizations on at-risk youth.