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Revised Data Shows Community Colleges Have Been Underappreciated

Community Colleges Have Been Underappreciated
Kevin Carey | OCT. 31, 2017 A college degree is the key to unlocking many of the best careers in the modern labor market. But more than 20 million working-age adults in the United States are college dropouts, failed in some way by institutions that collectively receive hundreds of billions of dollars in public funding every year. For the last few decades, the Department of Education has trac...
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House G.O.P. Tax Writers Take Aim at College Tuition Benefits

House G.O.P. Tax Writers Take Aim at College Tuition Benefits
By ERICA L. GREEN | NOV. 15, 2017 WASHINGTON — The moment the last of Fred Vautour’s five children walked across the stage as a Boston College graduate was priceless. Not only did Mr. Vautour have the rare distinction of handing each of his children their diplomas, but he was also able to pay for their nearly 18 years of schooling by collecting trash, scrubbing toilets and mopping floors while t...
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Morehouse, Spelman students hunger strike ends in free meals on campus

Morehouse, Spelman students hunger strike ends in free meals on campus
By thegrio | November 11, 2017 A hunger strike at Morehouse College and Spelman College has ended after the two historically black colleges announced that they would make changes to help students who did not have access to food. On Tuesday, Mary Pat Hector, of Spelman, took to Twitter to announce that the hunger strike, which started on November 2, was over. “What came from that meeting w...
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For-profit college students twice as likely to default on loans, report says

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
BY MARIA DANILOVA, ASSOCIATED PRESS  | October 5, 2017 at 7:12 AM EDT WASHINGTON — Students who attended for-profit colleges were twice as likely or more to default on their loans than students who attended public educational institutions, according to a federal study published Wednesday. The report by the National Center of Education Statistics looks at students who began their undergraduat...
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Sept. 27th News Release

The American Federation of Teachers Local 212 condemned Governor Walker's veto eliminating the Education Approval Board (EAB) as an independent agency. According to Dr. Michael Rosen, a retired economics instructor and prominent critic of for-profit colleges, “Thousands of economically disadvantaged students will be hurt by this veto. Wisconsin is now open for business for these predatory ente...
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MEDIA RELEASE: MATC Faculty Union condemns DACA termination as an attack on American values

September 6, 2017 The American Federation of Teachers Local 212 at Milwaukee Area Technical College responded to President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects from deportation more than 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Dr. Lisa Conley, Local 212 president and Life Scienc...
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A Lost Decade in Higher Education Funding State Cuts Have Driven Up Tuition and Reduced Quality

Higher Education Funding State Cuts Have Driven Up Tuition
A decade since the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historic levels, despite recent increases. Overall state funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the 2017 school year (that is, the school year ending in 2017) was nearly $9 billion below its 2008 level, after adjusting for inflation. (See Figure 1.) The funding decline has contr...
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Why college professors are offering to help students get food and shelter

college professors help students get food and shelter
Over the next few weeks, professors will present millions of students with a syllabus, a guide to their class that typically features books and other materials students will have to study to pass. But this year, a growing number of professors are including some other things they hope will help students succeed: information for students who are struggling to find housing or food. The movement to...
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Year Round Pell Increases Enrollment & /Completion

Student enrollment and completion at community colleges increases when students are able to use their Pell Grants in the summer, according to a new paper from the Community College Research Center at Teachers College at Columbia University. The study found that for each $1,000 of year-round Pell Grant funding given to a student, the likelihood of summer enrollment among Pell-eligible students i...
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Manufacturers’ tax scam hurts tech colleges

Walker Tax Scam Hurts Technical Colleges
Why do business lobbyists and Republican politicians constantly claim that tax breaks for the rich create jobs when no evidence exists that this is true? They do it because some people believe this myth, and the corporate welfare kings benefitting from the myth give a lot of money to Republican politicians. Recent news reports reveal that Gov. Scott Walker’s massive income tax cut to wealthy Wis...
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