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"Pay it Forward" aims to change how students fund college

USA TODAY  | February 21, 2014 | Alex Koma, USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent
A bill making its way through Washington state’s House of Representatives has the potential to change the way students pay for college. Instead of paying up front and taking out student loans, state Rep. Larry Seaquist’s “Pay it Forward” program would let students pay for their education after they graduate by deducting a set percentage of their future income for up to 25 years. [full article]

Bill aims to eliminate up-front college costs

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]

Restore the COLA and pass HB1348

The Legisletter: News From Olympia

It’s time for the State Legislature to head back to Olympia on Monday, Jan. 13, to begin their “short” 60-day session!

Green River Community College Faculty Want Increase in Salaries

Seattle Times Education Blog | by Katherine Long, reporter | Nov. 22 with update on Nov. 23

More than 150 Green River Community College faculty members presented a petition to the college’s board of trustees Thursday asking that an increase in state funding be put toward a boost in faculty salaries, particularly for adjunct faculty. [read full story]

Boeing Machinists - Solidarity Petition


No doubt you’ve heard the recent flurry of media coverage about Boeing machinists voting 2-to-1 to reject the company’s “take-it-or-we’ll-leave” proposal to build the 777X in Washington. Their proposal would:

All Faculty Meeting Highlights

Canvas Unfair Labor Practice (ULP)

Legislative Agenda - report from AFTWA
Affordable Health Care Act - report from CTC Labor Liaison
Allocation of New Funds, Wage Reopener-ACTION NEEDED by Nov 8th
Budget - Local dues will likely have to be increased in 2013-2014...

Pressing Issue - Allocation of Promotional Increase has been funded...