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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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Local 212 raises $17,000 for MATC students

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MATC FACULTY UNION RAISES $16,729 FOR STUDENTS AFT Local 212, the union representing faculty, counselors and professional staff at Milwaukee Area Technical College, has raised almost $17,000 for its MATC student emergency fund for the 2017-18 academic year. Last year, Local 212 was given a grant by Believe in Students, a nonprofit organization created by Temple University Professor Dr. Sara...
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WALKER-TRUMP TECH COLLEGE PHOTO-OP SHEER HYPOCRISY

Date: JUNE 12, 2017 The union representing the state’s largest group of skilled trades educators slammed President Trump’s and Governor Walker’s tour of Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) as nothing more than a politically-motivated public relations stunt. “Sheer hypocrisy,” declared Dr. Lisa Conley, President of AFT Local 212, “Trump and Walker are using WCTC and its students for a ph...
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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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