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Did free college save this city?

The Kalamazoo Promise helped revive a Rust Belt town. It holds lessons for other cities. DECEMBER 17, 2016 KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Tracy Zarei has wanted to teach children ever since she was in the second grade. She knew she would have to go to college to become a teacher. “She was a straight-A student,” says her mother, Sheri, who was working double shifts in a nursing home to pay rent on their m...
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For middle-income college students, a rising dilemma

Many are too poor to write a check for college, but too rich to qualify for aid. With a federal solution looking unlikely, states like California are starting to offer some help. DECEMBER 9, 2016 FULLERTON, CALIF. —When it came to paying for college, Kelsey Brewer tried to do everything right. She worked two jobs. She took out loans. She filled out the free application for federal student aid...
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It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education

By KEVIN CAREY and ELIZABETH A. HARRIS | DEC. 12, 2016 If you spend more on education, will students do better? Educators, politicians and unions have battled in court over that crucial question for decades, most recently in a sweeping decision this fall in Connecticut, where a judge ordered the state to revamp nearly every facet of its education policies, from graduation requirement...
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Student Union Movement Teach-In Islam, Terrorism Islamophobia

Local 212 is rebroadcasting the video of the MATC’s Student Union Movement’s teach-in on Islamophobia in light of recent events, including a proposal to develop a national register of Muslims, a proposal similar to the Nazi’s Jewish registry. The MATC community includes many Muslims, students, faculty, staff, administrators and even a board member. They are valued members of our community. http...
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AFT Local 212 holds Unity, Tolerance and Inclusion gathering at Oak Creek campus

AFT Local 212's unity gathering at the Oak Creek campus attracted an overflow crowd of mainly immigrant students. The event was held just a few miles from where seven Sikh worshipers were murdered by a white supremacist a few years ago. Local 212 president, , Dr. Michael Rosen, opened the meeting by reading a statement of support from the MATC faculty to the college’s students reaffirming MATC’...
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Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $25 Million in Trump University Settlement

By STEVE EDER | NOV. 18, 2016 Donald J. Trump in 2005, when he announced the establishment of Trump University.CreditBebeto Matthews/Associated Press Donald J. Trump has reversed course and agreed on Friday to pay $25 million to settle a series of lawsuits stemming from his defunct for-profit education venture, Trump University, finally putting to rest fraud allegations by former s...
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With Trump, Investors See Profits Again in For-Profit Colleges

It hasn’t been a good couple of years for for-profit colleges. Many of them, usually offering vocational training, have had to close outlets as the federal government cracked down on their advertising and student loan practices. Two of the largest, ITT Technical Institute and Corinthian Colleges, shut down. Then came the election of Donald J. Trump as president. Stock prices of the companies stil...
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Important Notice for MATC Students

Dear MATC Students, The American Federation of Teachers Local 212, representing MATC’s faculty, counselors and professional staff, has issued the following statement to you, our students, and to the citizens of Milwaukee. Please take a moment to read it. 212-pin-eng The recent election was among the most divisive and uncivil in American history. Women, Muslims, Mexicans, African-Americans...
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Half of U.S. college students struggle with food insecurity, study shows

Claire McNeill, Times Staff Writer | Wednesday, October 5, 2016 For nearly half of the country’s college students, food insecurity is a real worry. That’s according to a new report that surveyed almost 3,800 college students in 12 states — the broadest such study to date, its authors say. Another alarming finding: 22 percent of students qualified as “hungry,” meeting the lowest levels of foo...
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The Bumpy Road to Free College

To make it happen, the federal government and the states might have to work together — like they did to build the interstate highways By Karin Fischer |  OCTOBER 30, 2016 Randy Lyhus for The Chronicle You might have heard — Hillary Clinton has a free-college plan. Plenty of ink has been spilled on the Democratic presidential nominee’s proposal to cover in-state tuition at public colleg...
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