WA Lawmakers Consider "Student Loan Bill of Rights"

March 10, 2017 | Eric Tegethoff, Producer, Washington News Service

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill to hold student loan providers accountable for their services.

Passed in the House last week, the Senate is considering the Student Loan Bill of Rights.

House Bill 1440 gives students protections as consumers of loan services, and also establishes a student loan ombuds to advocate for students and resolve loan issues.

Rep. Monica Stonier, who sponsored the bill in the House, says an ombuds will be able to help students navigate the questionable practices of some loan providers. [read or hear full story]

Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

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.

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Professor Watchlist -- Sign the Petition to Join

 

"Professor Watchlist" by Turning Point USA was founded to "identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government." This blacklist allows students to submit names of professors who do or say things that are presumably opposed to conservative principles. Upon hearing that two professors from Notre Dame were on the watchlist, 100 of their colleagues petitioned the "Professor Watchlist" to be added to it themselves in a show of solidarity and to uphold academic freedom. You are invited to add your name to the watchlist. Visit Free Academics website and click on Take Action to sign the petition. To find out more about the Professor Watchlist, read a recent article from the Washington Post.

 

How the teacher shortage could turn into a crisis

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the looming teacher shortage our public schools face and how we can address the challenge before it turns into a crisis.

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Momentum builds for graduate workers' unions

As it gathers momentum, the movement to organize graduate assistants could well overturn old policies barring private college and university graduate workers from unionizing, and pave the way for guaranteed workers' rights in the future.

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