The summer newsletter is online and full of details and information.
This week, GOP leaders in Congress are gathering forces to push the PROSPER Act to a floor vote. The PROSPER Act is their version of the Higher Education Act, and it is a very bad bill for our students and our campuses.
The GOP’s PROSPER Act would:
Eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness, breaking a promise that was made to teachers, faculty, and other public service workers a decade ago. Without this program, many of our students will not be able to afford to join us in public service someday.
Wipe out regulations around for-profit colleges. This would make it possible for the worst for-profits to prey on our most vulnerable students, leaving them with worthless degrees and mountains of debt. Bad idea!
Limit student loans. Making college less affordable is exactly the wrong direction.
Cut $41 million from teacher preparation programs.
When you tell Congress that our students deserve more than this, they listen. Your emails, your calls, and your visits to their local offices matter. Our voices matter. This is why I am asking you to reach out to your Representative and stop the PROSPER Act.
Vote “NO”–keep the treasurer as an elected statewide position.
Rebecca Dallet as been endorsed for the APRIL 3, 2018 statewide election
This week, Busted Pencils’ Tim Slekar interviews:
Ingrid Walker-Henry of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association on her association’s fight for quality schools.
Carol Burris of the Network for Public Education on resisting corporate education reform and making American public education great again
Alfie Kohn, famed scholar who questions many of the assumptions and methods dominating public education today.
You can listen on the radio at 1510 AM or live stream off the web. If you miss the show, you can also listen on podcast and read the regular blogs.
REGION 7 and OCEA are presenting an informational meeting on FMLA, DISABILITY LAW/INSURANCE, and WORKMAN’S COMP.
Please RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org
please see the meetings page for details:
Dec. 13, 5:00pm, Racine Conference Center
Jan. 5, GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (everyone!)
Jan. 8– 12, Back to Basics School Supply Giveaway
Why am I in the union?
Well, first, saying that I did not know anything about unions before coming to Gateway is an understatement for me. I was actively hostile toward unions at one point in my life.
You might be wondering how I went from one extreme to the other. Well, it was all about getting involved. Being from a rural area, I wasn’t exposed to unions much.
It certainly wasn’t a positive topic on local radio.
I didn’t have any choice from the right-wing talk radio that I mistakenly took for news radio.
By attending GTEA meetings, which are open to anyone willing to join us, I learned that the union was really a democratic body looking out for the unit as a whole. They wanted what was best for the unit, not for themselves. And if you were willing, you could be involved or elected to any position that you wanted. No one cared that before being involved I was not union-friendly.
Once I understood that it was a democratic body looking out for everyone, I jumped right in. I have been GTEA treasurer for six years, and have been liaison for the region and the state. All because I got more involved, not that I was special. The more I got involved the more I realized GTEA was the only organization helping the profession.
A union membership can earn you different discounts and other perks, but it is about looking out for each other and our profession. I truly believe that if you get involved and meet more members, you will not be anything but impressed. We truly can make a difference for the college and the state and even the Nation.