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Union Members Create Student Emergency Funds

Fast Fund
Faculty create emergency funds for struggling students. Thousands of college students struggle to meet their bills, and many have to drop out of school before reaching graduation. Now many of them will have more resources to keep them in class, thanks to an expanding emergency fund organized by faculty union members. The FAST Fund started at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where Lo...
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MATC Instructors Condemn DeVos Decision to Deregulate For-Profits, Endangering Students

MATC INSTRUCTORS CONDEMN DEVOS DECISION The American Federation of Teachers Local 212, the Milwaukee Area Technical College’s faculty union, strongly condemns the Department of Education’s decision to rescind the Gainful Employment Rule. This rule was instituted to ensure that colleges taking advantage of government-funded student loan programs could demonstrate that the training they provided...
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Norway teachers union president and AFT president issue joint statement on Trump’s racist remarks:

Press Release Union of Education Norway and AFT on President Trump’s Racism For Release:  | Saturday, January 13, 2018 Andrew Crook o: 202-393-8637 | c: 607-280-6603 acrook@aft.org http://www.aft.org WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Union of Education Norway President Steffen Handal issued t...
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MATC electronics instructor and Local 2112 member Tom Heraly featured in Journal Sentinel article:

The MATC West Campus at 1200 S. 71st St., West Allis
$25 an hour jobs await MATC West Allis two-year electronics grads at Foxconn, elsewhere Jane Ford-Stewart, Now News Group Published 4:16 p.m. CT Jan. 10, 2018 | Updated 11:15 a.m. CT Jan. 11, 2018 WEST ALLIS - When the massive Foxconn plant opens, the MATC campus in West Allis is in line to play a major role in training people for electronics jobs there that are likely pay $20-25 an hour startin...
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It’s Hard to Study if You’re Hungry

It’s Hard to Study if You’re Hungry
Sara Goldrick-Rab | ON CAMPUS JAN. 14, 2018 Last fall, students at two of the nation’s premier historically black colleges, Spelman and Morehouse, went on a hunger strike. They weren’t protesting policymakers in Washington. They were pressuring their schools to allow students to donate unused meal plan vouchers to those on campus who needed them. These students recognized a real problem, one tha...
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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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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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