Concealed Carry in Tech College Classrooms?
Republican legislators sparked controversy last week when they proposed allowing concealed carry guns inside technical college and University of Wisconsin buildings and classrooms. The bill, authored by Rep. Jesse Kremer (R – Kewaskum) and Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R – Oostburg), revokes an exception to the state’s concealed carry law that allows technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin to ban weapons inside campus buildings.
The new measure has been sharply criticized by many, including three Democratic legislators who countered with a bill of their own that bans dangerous weapons from college campuses.
- How do you feel about the possibility of concealed guns in your classroom?
- Does knowing that a student might have a concealed gun change how you do your job?
- Does this bill make you feel more or less secure?
We will have more for you on this issue as it evolves.
Perkins Loan Program Expires; Future Unclear
The United State Senate, due in large part to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R – Tennessee), recently blocked funding for Perkins Loans, allowing the student financial aid program to expire. The action – or inaction – means funding for the low-interest, subsidized federal student loan program dried up on September 30, 2015. Colleges and Universities are not allowed to make new Perkins Loans to new borrowers after this date. New borrowers may be awarded a Perkins Loan for 2015-16, but not in future years.
Some continuing students who received Perkins Loans in 2014-15 or earlier may receive future awards through September 30, 2020 under a grandfathering provision that allows them to continue a course of study.
So, what does this all mean for student borrowers? The implications are not clear. For now, we know that our leaders have eliminated a program that served around a half-million students annually and replaced it with … well … nothing.
Attorney Referral Program – Another Member Benefit
WEAC members have access to an attorney referral program that provides two free 30-minute consultation sessions per calendar year. During the two free sessions with one of the affiliated attorneys, you may discuss any legal matter except income tax preparation. The program is another great member benefit. For more information click here
NEA Presidential Recommendation
President Lily Eskelsen García has officially announced NEA’s recommendation to support Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary for president of the United States. NEA recommended Secretary Clinton because of her commitment to giving a stronger voice to public educators and working families.
The Region 8 Board of Directors opposed early recommendation of a candidate and expressed that opposition in a letter to Wisconsin’s NEA board members and President Kippers.
WEAC Region 8 members are encouraged to compare all of the candidates here and decide whom to support for themselves.
More information on the NEA recommendation procedure can be found here.