AFT President Randi Weingarten and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke at the Washington, D.C., launch of "Higher Ed, Not Debt," a new multiyear campaign advocating for affordable access to higher education for all, without the burden of debt or financial hardship.
Students in Parkrose, Ore., will continue to ride district-owned school buses after the school board voted against outsourcing student transportation.
Feb. 26, 2014 | Washington News Service | Chris Thomas, Producer
Feb. 21, 2014 | Crosscut.com | Guest Opinion by Karen Strickland and Michael Boggess
If you or someone you know has taken a class at one of Washington's community and technical colleges, there is a 50-50 change that the instructor was a part-time faculty member. For decades, higher education institutions across the country have increasingly hired part-time, adjunct or contingent faculty to reach, primarily because of shrinking state funding. [full article]
Feb. 21, 2014 | USA TODAY | Alex Koma, Collegiate Correspondent
The "Pay it Forward" program may change the way students pay for their college education. A bill making its way through Washington state's House of Representatives has the potential to change the way students pay for college. . . . "The program is addressing a problem we all agree exists, but the problems outweight the benefits," says Karen Strickland, president of the Washington chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, . . . ." [full article]
February 16, 2014 | Lisa Baumann
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Students in Washington state could be among the first to go to college without having to worry about paying tuition up front. Instead, under a bill proposed in the House, they'd pay after leaving school in the form of a small, fixed percentage of their future income for up to 25 years. . . . The idea of former students paying as long as 25 years is just one piece of the bill that bothers Karen Strickland, president of AFT Washington, a state federation affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. [full article]
Investing in faculty and staff with increments, closing the salary gap between part-time and full-time faculty, and aligning salary increases with faculty increases are some of the recommendations that were submitted as part of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) 2013-2015 operating budget. Participating in the discussions were Bernal Baca, our lobbyist; Amy Kinsel, President of Shoreline CC faculty union; Wendy Rader-Konofalski and Carla Naccarato Sinclair of WEA, as well as representatives from the trustees association, college presidents association, and the student association.
AFT has examined a recent proposal called "Pay It Forward" in which students attend college without paying tuition up front but instead will pay 3% of the salary they earn in the future once they graduate to cover the costs for others to attend college. It's not as simple as it seems.
Washington News Service | Chris Thomas, Producer | Dec. 9, 2013
SEATTLE - Today is a National Day of Action for teachers' unions and community groups, called "Reclaim the Promise of Public Education." The premise is that students from different ethnic and income backgrounds will not have equal opportunities to learn as long as public school funding, staff and subjects continue to be cut. [Full audio and written version here.]
"The inequalities in the system--whether it is the rising cost of college, the unfair treatment of academic workers or the increasing stratification of the system as a whole—all derive from a systematic disinvestment in public higher education." -- AFT on Campus Equity Week