Happy Tuesday friends! There’s a lot of news to be covered and I’ll do my best in sharing what I find important/interesting, and hope you will do the same.
Starting off with Sen. Bernie Sanders to hold town hall to push for free public college tuition:
The Vermont Independent, who introduced legislation on the issue earlier this year, will speak about the topic at Castleton University in Vermont at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. The speech and a Q&A will be livestreamed on Facebook. Student groups at hundreds of colleges across the country plan to hold watch parties, according to the senator’s office.
Sanders introduced legislation in April to make public colleges and universities across the U.S. tuition-free for working families and to significantly reduce student debt. The legislation would eliminate tuition and fees at four-year and two-year public colleges and universities for families making up to $125,000 – about 80% of the population – and make community college tuition- and fee-free for all, according to a news release announcing the legislation attempt.
The College for All act would also reduce student loan debt for students and parents which now exceed Americans’ credit card debt. The bill would cut all student loan interest rates for new borrowers in half, which also enables existing borrowers to refinance their loans based on the interest rates available to new borrowers.
It has an estimated cost of $600 billion and would be paid for by a separate bill to tax Wall Street speculation.
A version of the legislation was introduced in the House by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.
The rest of what I’m reading/watching will be in the comments. See you there!
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*Even at $15 an Hour, Need Is Close By
*The Growth of Indigenous People’s Day
* 2018 Candidate Updates
Happy Saturday everyone! Thought I would do a Saturday roundup.
Starting off with Sanders of course:
Sanders to hold college fairs Oct 7 at Lyndon State, Oct 14 at Castleton
Senator Bernie Sanders is inviting Vermont high school students and their families to join him at two college fairs on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Lyndon State College (link is external) and Saturday, Oct. 14 at Castleton University (link is external). Vermont colleges, universities, and certificate and apprenticeship programs will be on hand to describe the excellent post-secondary educational opportunities that are available right here in our state. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation will explain different financial aid options that students may be eligible for, and will even help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
A series of 30-minute financial aid workshops will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 12 p.m. Attendees do not have to pre-register for workshops. Instead, they will sign-up on a first-come, first-served basis, when they arrive.
“At a time when post-secondary education is more important than ever to get a decent-paying job, we must do everything possible to make sure every high school student, who has the desire and ability, has the information they need to further their education and career prospects,” said Bernie, who serves on the Senate education committee.
More news, video, etc. in the comments.
Have a great day!
Clinton Adopts Key Piece Of Sanders’ Student Debt Plan (With Caveats) Extending an olive branch to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday will announce a plan to make in-state public colleges and universities free for students from families who make less than $125,000 a year. Sanders made free in-state tuition a core plank of his campaign for the Democratic nomination, and Clinton and Sanders discussed the issue in their meeting last month, according to a Clinton aide. Clinton often mocked that plan from Sanders during the primary, saying she didn’t want taxpayers to pay for Donald Trump’s … Continue reading →