There will be a hearing of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Ways and Means scheduled for Monday, March 18th at 11am at Bristol Community College. The meeting will be held in the G Building cafeteria, on the Fall River campus. This is an open, public meeting, and all are welcome to attend.
Representatives from the Department of Early Education and Care, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education will be giving testimony related to education budget items, including the funding formula for public schools in the state.
It is expected that the representatives of the Massachusetts Teachers Association will be testifying in favor of the CHERISH Act, which would raise $500 million for public higher education in the state. You can read more about this legislation here: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S741/Cosponsor.
This is a great opportunity for Bristol students, faculty and professional staff to hear different visions for public education in Massachusetts, and to learn about proposed legislation to increase funding for our state universities and community colleges.
I am hoping you will share this with your students, particularly those who have an interest in activism and political advocacy. The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) is hiring student organizers at Bristol Community College for the Spring 2019 semester. We have received a grant from the Mass. Teachers Association which allows us to hire 2 – 3 students from Bristol.
Duties include: Providing support for current PHENOM initiatives and outreach work including holding recurring PHENOM chapter meetings, plan campus events, and coordinate “Fund Our Future” actions on the campus. The Student Organizer will create weekly media content for PHENOM’s statewide Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Additional responsibilities would include attending PHENOM’s Advocacy Day (March 21), creating campus-specific media and advertisements, and communicating with PHENOM Organizing Director and campus Faculty/Staff Organizer. All work will occur in Massachusetts. Time commitment: 10 hours per week at $15 per hour. http://phenomonline.org/.
For more information, contact Colleen Avedikian at firstname.lastname@example.org.