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TRUMP BUDGET Threatens MATC STUDENTS

TRUMP BUDGET Threatens MATC STUDENTS
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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For-Profit Schools, an Obama Target, See New Day Under Trump

Trump University in 2005
By PATRICIA COHEN | FEB. 20, 2017 Donald J. Trump at the announcement of the establishment of Trump University in 2005. As president-elect, he paid $25 million to settle three lawsuits against the now-defunct institution.CreditBebeto Matthews/Associated Press Since Election Day, for-profit college companies have been on a hot streak. DeVry Education Group’s stock has leapt more...
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Of course, low-income students win with free tuition

By Sara Goldrick-Rab | January 6 Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University, argues in favor of New York’s proposal to cover tuition for residents whose families earn less than $125,000 a year. — Danielle Douglas-Gabriel  Could a free college tuition plan do nothing to lower the price of college for students from low-income families? The ques...
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Norman: Stop trying to kill public education

Why do school choice advocates want to build quality schools at the expense of public education? The discussion about choice, public and charter schools is plenty heated. Let’s not pollute it with fake news. Case in point: William Flanders’ and Corey DeAngelis’ misleading Dec. 26 commentary promising nearly half-a-billion dollars in benefits from the creation of a single private K-8 school in ...
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Local 212’s unity, tolerance and diverse events get national attention

On Thursday, Jan. 19, thousands of educators will come together with students, parents and community members to stand against hate. In the face of the racism, xenophobia, misogyny and anti-Semitism increasingly evident since the presidential campaign, AFT higher education faculty and staff will demand their campuses provide sanctuary for the country's most vulnerable people—including undocum...
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