Scott Walker's $1.8 billion budget shortfall

Wisconsin has a jobs problem and an employment crisis!

We do have a jobs problem, and it is because we have a leadership problem.

The two candidates vying for Governor met on the debate stage for the first time last week. Televised political debates are largely opportunities for candidates to recite prepared talking points and their campaign stump speeches, but there was one moment where Scott Walker went off script and accidently showed us his true colors.

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Where is Brad Schimel?

When it comes to protecting Wisconsin students, veterans, and families Susan Happ has taken the lead while Brad Schimel is nowhere to be found.

For-profit colleges are facing increased scrutiny across the country following their explosive growth in the last decade, and they have recently become a key issue in the race for Wisconsin Attorney General . Corporate and private businesses operating as institutions of higher education have launched an attack on students, veterans, and low-income families. Sixty thousand Wisconsin students pay $368 million in tuition to mostly out of state companies operating 230 institutions across the state .

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Private lenders refuse to help students despite $100 billion bailout:

Private student lenders are not doing enough to help struggling borrowers avoid default, according to a reportreleased Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

That finding is part of the consumer bureau’s annual analysis of the complaints it received from the public about private student loans. The bureau reported a 38 percent increase in such complaints over the past year.

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susan Happ gets it

Happ Campaign:
Happ lays out plan to deal with for-profit college scams

Jefferson — Attorney General candidate Susan Happ will crack down on the growing number of for-profit colleges that prey on Wisconsin students and veterans, she said Friday. 

“Unscrupulous for-profit colleges are luring students with promises they can’t keep, leaving many of them with no degrees of little value or no degrees at all, but mountains of debt,” Happ said. “As Attorney General, I will investigate, prosecute and seek hefty penalties for deceptive practices, and work to see that students are made whole,” she said. 

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Hit Doors for Burke

MATC faculty and students rally against student debt:


MILWAUKEE-Local student Saul Newton is watching with keen interest a new award winning documentary about student loan debt called "Ivory Tower."

He wants to enlighten people who think joining the military means free education.

"I joined the army because I could no longer afford my education," Newton told CBS 58 News, "And while I was in Kandahar do daily patrols, I was also making payments on my students loans."  

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Local 212 Holiday Party
Local 212 Office - 739 W. Juneau
Thursday, December 11th
3:30 to 6:30

AND join us for a light holiday lunch at one of these campuses:

South Campus:
Lecture Hall A
Thursday, Dec. 4th
11:00 to 1:00

North Campus:
Room A131
Tuesday, Dec. 9th
11:00 to 1:00

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Room 117
Thursday, Dec. 10th
11:00 to 1:00

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General Membership
Tuesday, December 9th
4:15 p.m., Downtown, M616

AFT Scholarships announced

The Robert G. Porter scholarship is now accepting applications. It offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • The AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program for high school students is open to graduating high school seniors.
  • Applicants must have at least one parent or legal guardian who is an AFT member.
  • The AFT member whose child or legal dependent applies for a scholarship must be a member in good standing for at least one year.
  • Children or legal dependents of AFT national, state or local union staff are not eligible for this scholarship opportunity.

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