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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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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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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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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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