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Kalamazoo Promise 'significantly' increases college graduation rates, study finds

By Julie Mack, MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Promise "significantly" increases college college graduation rates and offers a substantial return on the dollars spent, according to the first major study of the scholarship program's post-secondary outcomes.

The biggest finding: Promise-eligible students are a third more likely to graduate college within six years of finishing high school compared to their pre-Promise peers.

The researchers also estimate The Promise yields an estimated $4.60 in benefits for every $1 invested. That means the $66 million spent so far on the program has an estimated return on investment of more than $300 million, based on the projected increase in wages over 30 years for students who wouldn't have graduated college otherwise.

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Recent TFA Retirements

Merrie Van Loy retired from South Texas College. Merrie has been at South Texas College since the year it opened. Congratulations!

Dr. Kenneth Buckman, Dr. Wendy James-Aldridge, and Dr. James Aldridge retired this year from UT Pan American with a combined total of over 100 years of teaching at UTPA. All three are former TFA State Presidents. Congratulations!

Here are two people who attended both retirement parties, but are not retiring. Please compare facial expressions in all three pictures.

Professors said to be in grievance process over UTRGV hiring practices

by Sky Chadde, The McAllen Monitor

EDINBURG — Four tenured professors have pending grievances against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley over its hiring practices, said the head of a faculty association representing them.

To be eligible to transition from the University of Texas-Pan American and Brownsville to UTRGV, faculty couldn’t have had any disciplinary action taken against them in the past seven years, said Mary Aldridge Dean, the executive director of the Texas Faculty Association, an organization that advocates on behalf of professors.

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Below is the list of House and Senate Members, and their votes on SB 11.  If you are happy with the way your Representatives and Senators voted, please call them and say so; if you are not happy please do the same. 

If you want to look up the House debate that occurred before the vote, go to TX Legislature online, type in the Bill # (SB11) and click on the go button to the right.  When the bill comes up, scroll down to History. If you click on the line that says “Record Vote H” the Journal will come up.  Scroll up to read the debate and comments.

The Senate vote is not yet recorded, but The Texas Tribune covered it with Senators’ comments.  That link is:






The motion to adopt the conference committee report on SBi11 prevailed by

(Record 1763): 98 Yeas, 47 Nays, 1 Present, not voting.

Yeas — Anderson, C.; Anderson, R.; Ashby; Aycock; Bell; Bohac; Bonnen,

D.; Bonnen, G.; Burkett; Burns; Burrows; Button; Capriglione; Clardy; Cook;

Craddick; Crownover; Cyrier; Dale; Darby; Davis, S.; Elkins; Faircloth; Fallon;

Farney; Fletcher; Flynn; Frank; Frullo; Galindo; Geren; Goldman; Gonzales;

Guillen; Harless; Huberty; Hughes; Hunter; Isaac; Kacal; Keffer; Keough; King,

K.; King, P.; King, S.; King, T.; Klick; Koop; Krause; Kuempel; Landgraf;

Larson; Laubenberg; Leach; Lozano; Metcalf; Meyer; Miller, D.; Miller, R.;

Morrison; Murphy; Murr; Otto; Paddie; Parker; Paul; Pen˜ a; Phelan; Phillips;

Price; Raney; Riddle; Rinaldi; Sanford; Schaefer; Schofield; Schubert; Shaheen;

Sheets; Simmons; Simpson; Smith; Smithee; Spitzer; Springer; Stephenson;

Stickland; Thompson, E.; Tinderholt; Turner, E.S.; VanDeaver; Villalba; White,

J.; White, M.; Workman; Wray; Zedler; Zerwas.


Nays — Allen; Alonzo; Alvarado; Anchia; Bernal; Blanco; Canales;

Coleman; Collier; Davis, Y.; Deshotel; Dutton; Farias; Farrar; Giddings;

Gonza´lez; Guerra; Gutierrez; Hernandez; Herrero; Howard; Israel; Johnson;

Ma´rquez; Martinez; Martinez Fischer; McClendon; Miles; Moody; Mun˜oz;

Naishtat; Neva´rez; Oliveira; Pickett; Raymond; Reynolds; Rodriguez, E.;

Rodriguez, J.; Romero; Rose; Sheffield; Thompson, S.; Turner, C.; Turner, S.;

Vo; Walle; Wu.

Present, not voting—Mr. Speaker(C).

Absent, Excused—Longoria; Lucio; Minjarez.



In the Senate, it was a straight party vote and has not been recorded in the Journal yet, but I was there watching it and it was along party lines.  Republicans voted yes (20), and Democrats voted no (11). Political parties are noted as they appear in the Legislative Handbook.


·  Bettencourt R

·  Garcia

·  Menéndez

·  Taylor, Larry R

·  Birdwell R

·  Hall R

·  Nelson R

·  Taylor, Van R

·  Burton R

·  Hancock R

·  Nichols R

·  Uresti

·  Campbell R

·  Hinojosa

·  Patrick R

·  Creighton R

·  Huffines R

·  Perry R

·  Watson

·  Ellis

·  Huffman R

·  Rodríguez 

·  West

·  Eltife R

·  Kolkhorst R

·  Schwertner R

·  Whitmire

·  Estes R

·  Lucio 

·  Seliger R

·  Zaffirini

·  Fraser R


I want to thank two of our Board members, Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler and Don Davison (along with his crew) for walking the halls of the Capitol with me to pass out information regarding SB 11.


How can the US strengthen unions?

By Robert Reich, The Christian Science Monitor

In the US, the decline of the middle class is nearly identical to the decline of American labor union membership. What does this mean for the future of unions and the US economy?

One big reason America was far more equal in the 1950s and 1960s than now is unions were stronger then. That gave workers bargaining power to get a fair share of the economy’s gains – and unions helped improve wages and working conditions for everyone.

But as union membership has weakened – from more than a third of all private-sector workers belonging unions in the 1950s to fewer than 7 percent today – the bargaining power of average workers has all but disappeared.

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