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Faculty Strike Continues at Rock Valley College

September 21, 2015

Faculty members at Rock Valley College voted Sunday night to reject a proposed deal that would have ended a strike that started last week and that has led the college to call off classes. The college issued a statement in which it said that "not only are we disappointed, but we believe this to be a tragic decision." The college said faculty members would have received raises that were meaningful in a time of tight budgets in Illinois. But faculty leaders said professors opposed the deal in large part because of provisions on health insurance. “The faculty was concerned about the increased costs through the board’s proposed health care plan,” said a statement from Michael Youngblood, Rock Valley College Faculty Association president and an economics professor. “The board cut off health insurance for professors since Wednesday, but the terms of the board’s proposal would mean overwhelming health care costs for many educators, particularly those with illnesses and special needs.” The association is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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