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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

Local 212
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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AFT WISCONSIN 4-YEAR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO CHILD OF LOCAL 212 MEMBER

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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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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