Today, Congress introduced its budget omnibus bill for the 2018 fiscal year, in which appropriators set aside $5 million for a program to lower textbook costs for students.
Student government leaders of the undersigned colleges and universities write to Congress on the urgent need to address the skyrocketing price of textbooks, and a request to create a national open textbook pilot grants program in the FY18 appropriations bill.
Student PIRGs applauds Dunkin’ Donuts’ decision last week to phase out expanded polystyrene foam (commonly known as “styrofoam”) cups from its stores by 2020.The change will remove around a billion polystyrene cups, which pollute the ocean and can take centuries to biodegrade, from the waste stream.
WASHINGTON, DC- Earlier today, the Student PIRGs released a new report investigating high textbook prices for common courses at schools across the country. Entitled Open 101: an Action Plan for Affordable Textbooks, the report contains recommendations that, if enacted, could save students billions of dollars.
PIRG In The News
A student organization on the Rutgers-Camden campus is encouraging professors to buy-in to the concept of free books for their students.
Florida PIRG's voter registration project at Florida State University was featured on the local ABC news.
The Rutgers Daily Targum published this story about the NJPIRG voter registration drive at Rutgers University. NJPIRG helped register more than 800 students to vote in the first four days of their drive.
Read the full story here: http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2016/09/rutgers-pirg-registers-voters-for-2016-election.
From the UConn Daily Campus:
ConnPIRG is planning to have the largest and most aggressive voter registration drive the University of Connecticut has seen, as announced in their first meeting.
ConnPIRG is a nonpartisan, nonprofit statewide organization that works to inform and put issues in front of legislators in Hartford.
One of their goals for the next three months is to register 4,000 students and mobilize 12,000 to the polls to vote on Election Day.
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