TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With legislators in Florida and other states looking at allowing college athletes to get paid for endorsements, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and other members of the U.S. Senate said Monday they want to work on the issue nationally. Rubio is one of five senators who announced a bipartisan “working group” to delve into the issue. “I look forward to continuing our work to ensure both athletes and college sports can continue to thrive,” Rubio said in a prepared statement. “Having 50 different state laws for compensating student-athletes on their name, image, likeness would result in chaos and endless litigation. This bipartisan working group has a tough task ahead of us, but it is clear Congress must address this important issue.” The group also includes U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah; U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.; and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. In Florida, four proposals have … [Read more...] about Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Others To Look At Student-Athlete Compensation
Mari Robles is a student at Vassar College, where she is majoring in international studies and German. The views expressed here are hers. Read more opinion on CNN. (CNN)Ava DuVernay's new miniseries "When They See Us" depicts the powerful story of how the justice system failed the Central Park Five. The five teenagers' convictions for the brutal assault and rape on Trisha Meili, known at first in 1989 only as the "Central Park jogger," were vacated in 2002. The miniseries has prompted a powerful response and renewed calls for accountability for those involved in the wrongful prosecution of the Five -- including the petition I made to remove Linda Fairstein from the Vassar board of trustees. Fairstein, who as chief of the district attorney's sex crimes unit oversaw the prosecution of the Central Park Five and who graduated from Vassar in 1969, has now resigned. I think it's vital to explain why, even after decades have gone by, holding people accountable in this case matters a … [Read more...] about Student: Why I called for Central Park Five prosecutor’s removal
SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — After demanding a cost of living increase from the University of California at Santa Cruz in September, the school’s unionized graduate student workers are now on strike. According to a Twitter feed run by the striking workers, some of their student’s final semester grades are being withheld as the workers demand higher wages. That’s in the face of a high cost of living and repeated silence from the UCSC administration following union demands for labor negotiations. In November, the workers sent a letter to UCSC’s Chancellor Cynthia Larive demanding wage parity with the University of California at Riverside. “We deliver this letter to you as underpaid and rent-burdened graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz,” the Nov. 7 letter said. “We graduate students write to you demanding a Cost of Living Adjustment. We have only one demand, and it is this: An ongoing payment to every graduate student that … [Read more...] about UC Santa Cruz Graduate Student Workers Withhold Final Grades During Wage Strike
Shock and outrage erupted as soon as word came that City College of San Francisco would decimate its cherished Older Adults program this spring in its latest round of cuts eliminating hundreds of credit and noncredit classes. “We fear the assault on older adults is just the first strike planned by Chancellor Mark Rocha,” Robert Fitch, who teaches in the Disabled Students program, said in an email to student advocates, one of many from faculty and students seeking help. “We need to call attention to this attack on older adults in San Francisco.” The decades-old program serves more than 2,000 people, many in their 70s and 80s, with 50 free, noncredit classes tailored to that age group. Many are held in senior centers and hospitals around the city. Students take tai chi for balance. They study music, figure drawing, theater, literature and writing to keep their minds sharp. They learn computer skills to stay connected to the world. And all the classes, they say, … [Read more...] about CCSF ends its Older Adults classes, leaving 2,000 students in the cold
Colorado students lost out on nearly $50 million worth of federal financial aid awarded through the Pell Grant during the 2015-2016 academic year — all because they didn’t fill out some forms. Coloradans seeking higher education have plateaued when it comes to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, with only about 50 percent of college students completing the form in recent years, according to data collected by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. “That’s not the best number,” said Stephanie Ricker, academic project manager for the Colorado Department of Higher Education. “We are lagging behind many states in completion.” The FAFSA application opened for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday. Financial aid experts are all too familiar with students procrastinating in filling out the form, which typically awards money based on a first-come, first-served basis.Fifty-two percent of Colorado high school graduates, or 32,899 … [Read more...] about Colorado students missed out on $50M in federal financial aid because they didn’t fill out the forms. Here’s what you need to know about FAFSA.