PHENOM Files Complaint about Stimulus Funds
2009 Annual Meeting Minutes
The waiver will allow the state to forgo rules stipulating how the $813 million in education stimulus funding received by the Commonwealth should be spent in the second and third year of the funding. Through the waiver, which was granted Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, the state is no longer bound by stimulus […]
Higher-ed group blasts use of stimulus money
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.
PHENOM Files Federal Complaint Over Use of Mass. 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 […]
PHENOMenal News – Spring-Summer 2009
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.
Working Paper on Free Community College
Check out PHENOM’s first Newsletter – Volume 1, Number 1! Read updates, articles on Free Community College, April 8 Rally & March and Economic Independence through Higher Education and more!
PHENOM and the State Budget
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 […]
Fighting to Restore State Taxes
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.
Successful Rally and Lobby Day
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 […]
Press Release about Stimulus Announcement
April 8 was a chilly day in Boston, but temperatures around the Boston Common and State House rose noticeably with the energy of PHENOM’s rally, march, and legislative visits. See video at abc40tv.com 300 people (mostly students) rallied, marched, and advocated for PHENOM’s 2009 agenda
PHENOM’s Response to Governor Patrick’s Announcement of Stimulus Money for Public Higher Education PHENOM applauds Governor Patrick’s announcement of $324 million in stimulus money for public higher education over the next two years. PHENOM was active in lobbying to include funding of public higher education in the federal legislation, and has been informing campus and legislative […]