Wednesday, January 25, 2012

District 100’s Community Cupboard

The following is taken from:   http://www.district100.com/District/Pages/Community-Cupboard.aspx

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

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Union Plus® Scholarship Program

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Union Plus® Scholarship Program

To apply go to:  https://unionplusscholars.communityforce.com/Student/Introduction.aspx

Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.2 million to students of working families. Over 2,100 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, which is sponsored by Union Privilege. Your union membership also entitles you to a family of Union Plus benefits including College Test Prep Discounts, Education Rebates, National Labor College Scholarships, AT&T Wireless Discounts, Budget Truck Rental Discounts and much more. See a full list of your Union Plus benefits here.

The Union Plus Education Foundation is funded in part by donations from HSBC Credit Card Services, Inc., the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card. (You do not need to be Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply.)

Application Deadline: A complete application must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday January 31, 2012. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Scholarship Award Amounts: Amounts range from $500 to $4000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the fall of 2012. Students may re-apply each year.

Award Date: The Scholarship Committee will determine recipients of the scholarship by May 31, 2012. Recipients are notified by mail during the first two weeks of June 2012. Due to the volume of applications we can only notify award recipients.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • This is a competitive scholarship, and applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.

  • Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2012.

  • Members of participating unions from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.

  • The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college or university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Awards must be used for the 2012 - 2013 school year.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

  • Scholarship applications are judged by a committee of impartial post secondary educators.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Vindication for RVC’s decision to end football?

Harper, a community college in Palatine that serves 35,000 students annually, announced last week that it was closing down the football program it has run since 1971. Two schools in its conference, Joliet Junior College and Grand Rapids Community College, had just shed their squads, prompting Harper officials to rethink whether it still made sense to offer the sport. The answer they settled on was "no."

Read the rest of the article by clicking on the following:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-keilman-harper-20120124,0,350764.story

Friday, January 20, 2012

University of Illinois raises tuition by 4.8 percent

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois will raise tuition for incoming students at its three campuses next school year by 4.8 percent, a move that when combined with increases in housing and student fees will push the price of a year at the flagship campus at Urbana-Champaign to more than $24,000.

Click on the following for more details: http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2012/01/19/university-of-illinois-raises-tuition-by-4-8-pecent/ar5jihe/

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

District 100’s Revised FOIA policy is a good primer on citizen’s FOIA Rights.

These are a citizens’ right at all levels of government in Illinois with only minor exceptions for special units such as the courts.

The following  is taken from this month’s board packet:

http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8PSHQM499EE1/$file/Working%202.250%20Access%20to%20District%20Public%20Records.pdf

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Why RVC teachers cannot accept the Board’s proposal

This is taken from the Rock River Times article:  http://rockrivertimes.com/2012/01/06/rock-valley-college-faculty-association-addresses-ongoing-contract-dispute/

It shows that the Board’s proposal will lead to a decrease in net pay for three of the next four years.  Can the public expect teachers to take such a cut?

For example, a faculty member currently making $43,265 pays 3.75 percent of salary, or $1,622 for family coverage. Based on the Board’s proposal, that faculty member would see their annual take-home pay cut by over $2,200 during the four years of the contract. That number is based on the following (annualized) amounts:

Current year — Base pay of $43,265, health care contribution of $1,622, net take-home of $41,643;

First year of proposal — Base pay of $45,019, health care contribution of $4,940, net take-home of $40,079;

Second year of proposal — Base pay of $45,019, health care contribution of $5,484, net take-home of $39,535;

Third year of proposal — Base pay of $46,755, health care contribution of $7,102, net take-home of $39,653; and

Fourth year of proposal — Base pay of $48,428, health care contribution of $9,009, net take-home of $39,419.

Many faculty members see losses similar to those described above.