Secretary Betsy DeVos U.S. Department of Education c/o Wendy Macias 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 6C111, Washington, DC 20202 October 4, 2017 RE: Docket ID# ED-2017-OS-0074, Docket# 2017-13157 Dear Secretary DeVos: The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is a consumer… Read more
Joined by Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Angus King (I-ME), Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin reintroduced a bill titled “Affordable College Textbook Act” to “expand the use of open college textbooks” with PIRG Higher Education Advocate Kaitlyn Vitez.
For Immediate Release WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators acted today to address the rising costs of textbooks, proposing a new bill to create a grant program to promote free textbooks at colleges across the country. The program has the potential to… Read more
Today, KFC U.S. announced that by the end of 2018, all chicken purchased by the company will be raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. A coalition of consumer and public health groups, including the Student Public Interest Research Groups (Student PIRGs) had urged the company to act on the issue.
Yesterday, 576 higher education advocates representing students, institutions, educators, and consumers sent a letter to Congress urging them to protect critical federal student aid programs.
Today, 576 organizations and institutions of higher education sent a letter to Congress asking them to protect federal student aid as they finish up FY17 appropriations and start working on FY18. U.S PIRG worked in a large coalition representing students, institutions, educators, advocates, and employers to draft and circulate the letter of support. The letter comes after calls by President Trump to cut the Pell grant reserve by a combined $5.2 billion in FY17 and FY18 and multiple proposals in Congress to cut a portion of the Pell grant reserve.
America’s institutions of higher education can play a crucial role in the fight to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Colleges and universities across the country should aggressively deploy clean energy on campus, setting a goal of getting 100… Read more
Rutgers University and the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) Students have been working in conjunction to help lower the financial burden of college students. Over the two years the program has been running, $1.6 million has been saved by students.”