April 19, 2017
Hepburn Hall, Gothic Lounge
"Starving the Beast" tells the story of a potent one-two punch roiling public higher education right now: 35 years of systematic defunding and a well financed market oriented reform effort. It’s the story of a little known and misunderstood ideological fight, the outcome of which will change the future of public higher education. http://www.starvingthebeast.net/trailer/
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President Bill Calathes would like you to see the following correspondence provided by CNJSCL President Tim Haresign regarding current AFT policy on the Affordable Care Act. As you can see, much needs to be worked out specifically regarding our understanding and implementation of this very important piece of legislation. Rest assured, that this work will be carried out thoroughly. Tim Haresign stated:
The 2018 budget proposal "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.