PHENOM Calls for Support for Public Higher Ed from FMAP/Education Jobs Bill

In a recent letter, “PHENOM thanked the Governor for publicly stating his intent to reverse $75 million of this year’s budget cuts to public higher education by reallocating some of the remaining American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) monies” said Stasha Lampert, President of PHENOM and a student at UMass-Boston. This reallocation is made possible […]

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Largest Cut to Public Higher Education in a Decade

PHENOM Criticizes State Budget which Makes the Largest Cut to Public Higher Education in a Decade The budget Governor Patrick signed on June 30 slashes funding for Massachusetts Community Colleges, State Colleges and the UMass campuses by close to $145 million, or almost 15%. This is the largest cut to the state’s public higher education […]

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PHENOM Calls on the Senate to Level Fund Public Higher Education

PHENOM has been at the forefront of pressuring the state to give public higher education its fair share of the federal stimulus monies. In 2009, PHENOM filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Secretary of Education, arguing that the state had failed to honor the letter and spirit of the federal stimulus law (American Recovery […]

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Public Higher Education Caucus Launched in Massachusetts Legislature

In conjunction with the Joint Committee on Higher Education, we hope to build long-term support for public higher education in the legislature.” Representatives Garballey, Rodrigues, Fagan, Kocot and Arciero, spoke eloquently about the need to invest in public higher education and make it affordable for students in the Commonwealth. PHENOM organized testimony that was presented to […]

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Students Exploited on Health Insurance

PHENOM has endorsed a campaign by the Student Health Organizing Coalition to change this situation, perhaps by allowing students to get coverage through the state Connector Authority’s program of subsidized Commonwealth Care. You can read more in this Boston Globe article. For more information, please contact: Vivian Haime, SHOC Organizer • (617) 320-1669 • vivianhaime@gmail.com

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Impact of Cuts to Public Higher Education

On October 29, the Governor announced mid-year cuts to many areas of state government.  Funding for state and community colleges and the University of Massachusetts is being reduced by $62 million, but that funding will be replaced by the use of federal fiscal stimulus funds.  While this sounds good, there are still big problems, including: […]

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Feds Agree with PHENOM: Mass. Misused Stimulus Funds

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General issued an “alert memorandum” dated September 2009 which documents loopholes in the federal stimulus law that allowed at least 3 states, including Massachusetts, to violate the intent of the law by cutting  rather than increasing spending on public education. This report is, in part, a result of the formal […]

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Midnight Classes?!

In case you weren’t convinced that enrollments at community colleges were way up, and that resources are stretched to the breaking point….Bunker Hill Community College is now offering some classes beginning at 11:45 PM and ending at 2:30 AM! More details in this article, Last-Minute Additions, from Inside Higher Education.

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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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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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