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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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Did free college save this city?

The Kalamazoo Promise helped revive a Rust Belt town. It holds lessons for other cities. DECEMBER 17, 2016 KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Tracy Zarei has wanted to teach children ever since she was in the second grade. She knew she would have to go to college to become a teacher. “She was a straight-A student,” says her mother, Sheri, who was working double shifts in a nursing home to pay rent on their m...
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For middle-income college students, a rising dilemma

Many are too poor to write a check for college, but too rich to qualify for aid. With a federal solution looking unlikely, states like California are starting to offer some help. DECEMBER 9, 2016 FULLERTON, CALIF. —When it came to paying for college, Kelsey Brewer tried to do everything right. She worked two jobs. She took out loans. She filled out the free application for federal student aid...
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It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education

By KEVIN CAREY and ELIZABETH A. HARRIS | DEC. 12, 2016 If you spend more on education, will students do better? Educators, politicians and unions have battled in court over that crucial question for decades, most recently in a sweeping decision this fall in Connecticut, where a judge ordered the state to revamp nearly every facet of its education policies, from graduation requirement...
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Student Union Movement Teach-In Islam, Terrorism Islamophobia

Local 212 is rebroadcasting the video of the MATC’s Student Union Movement’s teach-in on Islamophobia in light of recent events, including a proposal to develop a national register of Muslims, a proposal similar to the Nazi’s Jewish registry. The MATC community includes many Muslims, students, faculty, staff, administrators and even a board member. They are valued members of our community. http...
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