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Betsy DeVos wants to kill student loan forgiveness program

By Jordan Weissmann A lot of people who went to grad school, or who are at least thinking about it, are going to be extremely unhappy if not outright panicked when the Trump administration releases its first detailed budget next week. As part of its plan to slash the Department of Education's budget by some $10.6 billion, the Washington Post reports that the White House will propose ending...
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Why I turned my back on Betsy DeVos

I would change nothing. I began at my university to learn, and I now depart it to serve. By Tyler Durrant | MAY 16, 2017 We were the Bethune-Cookman class of 2017, and we would not allow our legacy to be exploited for political gain.  We were the Bethune-Cookman class of 2017, and we would not allow our legacy to be exploited for political gain. It had been our graduation. We were t...
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Dr. Sara Goldrick Rab: Two- year colleges are key and should be free

Free college is a lovely, sensible notion — but countries seem capable of embracing it only when enough of their top earners pay 50 percent or more of their income in taxes. In the United States, New York is the sole state to have taken the step of offering to cover tuition at all its public colleges and universities. And even this new benefit, the Excelsior Scholarship, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuo...
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AFT Local 212 wins recertification in landslide vote

AFT LOCAL 212 - Wins Recertification
Press Release AFT Local 212 wins recertification in landslide vote For Release:  Contact: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Michael Rosen, Ph.D. 414-765- 0910 ext. 14 mrosen@local212.org For the third consecutive year, Milwaukee Area Technical College’s education professionals voted overwhelmingly to recertify their union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 212. 97.45% of the full-tim...
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Kara Conley
For the third year in a row, a child of an AFT Local 212 member has won the AFT-Wisconsin 4-year College Scholarship. Kara Conley, a Nicolet High School senior and daughter of Life Sciences instructor and Local 212 Executive Vice President, Lisa Conley, was recently notified of the award. Kara, an AP/ honors student with a 4.0 GPA, has been integrally involved both at her school and in the commun...
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The union representing faculty and academic staff at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) slammed President Trump’s education proposals for cutting higher education funding and contributing to the skilled worker shortage in Wisconsin. “President Trump’s budget will harm tens of thousands of Milwaukee area students and workers who attend the MATC and undermine the ability of the Wisconsin eco...
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Why do teachers take 2nd jobs

Why so many teachers need a second job to make ends meet
By Valerie Strauss | December 15, 2016 Teachers have it easy, right? They get summers off, go home in the middle of the afternoon when students leave campus and are paid well. Actually, for most teachers, those are all myths, especially the last one. Many teachers are paid so poorly, in fact, that they have to take second jobs to pay their bills. A study released earlier this year found ...
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City ordinance protects students from predatory colleges

Graham Kilmer City Proposal Protects Students
By Graham Kilmer | Mar 27th, 2017 12:54 pm The Milwaukee Common Council is proactively moving to cement Obama-era protections for students that may be preyed upon by for-profit colleges, now that new leadership at the federal Department of Education could eliminate those protections. The proposed city legislation would codify standards, currently in place at the federal level, for any fo...
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American Universities must take a stand

American Universities Must Take a Stand
Leon Botstein | ON CAMPUS | FEB. 8, 2017 Credit Richie Pope Not since the era of witch hunts and “red baiting” has the American university faced so great a threat from government. How is the university to function when a president’s administration blurs the distinction between fact and fiction by asserting the existence of “alternative facts”? How can the university turn a blin...
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AFT recognizes Local 212’s community outreach efforts

Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition
Local union builds bridges, fights bans An older white man with a snowy beard, flannel shirt and faded captain's cap sits rapt as Janan Najeeb, the president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition, a middle-aged Arab woman wearing a head scarf, speaks. On the surface they have little in common. But the local union that represents staff and faculty at Milwaukee Area Technical Col...
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