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AFT-Wisconsin members highly value and honor education. As part of our values, we offer scholarships for children and grandchildren of current or retired AFT-Wisconsin members who will be attending technical colleges or universities. This year a $1,000 university scholarship was awarded.
The Scranton Federation of Teachers, which successfully fought off proposals to silence educators, overwhelmingly ratified a two-year contract for its 940 teachers and 110 paraprofessionals.
Wisconsin Representative Cory Mason (D-Racine) and Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) have introduced the Higher Ed, Lower Debt bill, which would allow Wisconsinites to refinance their student loans at lower interest rates. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has reported that it could save the average student loan payer $172 per year, while those with higher loans could save much more. The bill will be receiving a public hearing this Wednesday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. in room 300SE of the state Capitol. Come pack the hearing with supporters of affordable higher education!
The October 2015 issue of AFT-Wisconsin's newsletter, The Union Voice, is now available, spotlighting three ways in which AFT-Wisconsin members are making a difference. You can read individual articles below, or download the issue as a PDF file. If you would like to suggest a story for a future issue, please contact AFT-Wisconsin Communications Director Aaron Bibb.
In the new issue of American Educator, Martin J. Blank and Lisa Villarreal explain how more than 150 communities across the country have established community schools to reduce chronic absences due to poor health, decrease disciplinary issues and truancy rates, increase family engagement, expand educational opportunity, and ultimately improve teaching and learning.
Our union is our members, and on this Labor Day weekend, I couldn't be prouder of the 1.6 million hardworking nurses, teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty and public employees who work day in and day out to teach our kids, keep our families healthy and improve our communities, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.