Commentary: The New GI Bill

President Obama explained the rationale this way: “This is not simply a debt that we are repaying to the remarkable men and women who have served — it is an investment in our own country…The first GI Bill paid for itself many times over through the increased revenue that came from a generation of men and […]

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Students may be eligible for Food Stamps

PHENOM is supporting the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute’s campaign to publicize eligibility rules for food stamps as they apply to college students.  Currently, 1,700 Massachusetts college students receive food stamps, but thousands more may be eligible and not realize it.  Please see this fact sheet and check list and help publicize this on your campus, […]

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2009 Annual Meeting Minutes

Approximately 42 members of PHENOM attended the Annual Meeting June 6, 2009 at Springfield Technical Community College.  Following a get-to-know-each-other icebreaker, members discussed what PHENOM did well this year, what could have been done better, and what we should do next year.

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Higher-ed group blasts use of stimulus money

Higher Education Advocates Protest Use of Stimulus Funds By Peter Schworm, Boston Globe Staff June 4, 2009 A Massachusetts higher education advocacy group filed a federal complaint yesterday against the Patrick administration, contending that state officials are spending stimulus money meant for colleges and universities to bridge the state’s general budget deficit. The Public Higher […]

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PHENOM Files Federal Complaint Over Use of Mass. Stimulus Money

The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) has filed a formal complaint with the Obama Administration, alleging that Massachusetts is violating the spirit and letter of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) by misusing stimulus money intended for public higher education.  The text of the complaint is at the end of this article.

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Working Paper on Free Community College

Working Paper: Making Free Community College a Reality Community college should be free for all, and the rollout process should begin immediately. Governor Deval Patrick has endorsed free community college as a goal, and his Readiness Commission reaffirmed that commitment. Yet neither has proposed concrete steps to achieve the objective. This report explains why community college should be […]

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PHENOM and the State Budget

Over the past few weeks PHENOM mobilized hundreds of people to try to influence the House budget.  We urged Representatives to increase revenues and to increase need-based financial aid.  We were partly successful, and now the focus is on the Senate.

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Fighting to Restore State Taxes

The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) is strongly urging Massachusetts legislators to increase taxes in order to avoid the massive cuts facing education, social services, and other essential government functions.  PHENOM is specifically endorsing Amendment 561 filed in the House by Representatives Gloria Fox and Alice Wolf.  This amendment would raise the state sales tax […]

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