US: Professor offers students extra credits to rally against Republican tax bill
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US: Professor offers students extra credits to rally against Republican tax bill

A professor at Kutztown University has offered students extra credit to participate in a rally against the Grand Old Party (aka the Republican Party) tax plan.

The email stated: “Please join your faculty as we rally against the GOP Tax Bill that has serious implications to you and on Higher Education. This is an opportunity to gain additional extra credit.” The email included a bolded subject line of “Additional Extra Credit Opportunity!”, reported Campus Reform.

The email was sent by Dr Mauricia John, a professor in the publicly-funded school’s Anthropology and Sociology Department. However, the email implies the rally is a faculty-wide collaborative effort.

A flyer for the rally, sponsored by the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, was attached to the email, headed with “rally with us against the tax bill!”

“This bill threatens tax increases on our students. Tell congress to make education affordable to all. Defend not defund higher education. Tuition waivers should not be taxed,” the flyer says.

Daniel Spiegel, a faculty spokesperson said the flyer is “not in any way political or partisan,” but is simply an effort to “stand up for higher education by alerting our campus community about the harm that the tax bill currently being considered in Congress could cause to the goals and accessibility of higher education”, according to Campus Reform.

“The speakers will be speaking on the effect of this bill. We will be encouraging people to fulfil their obligation as a citizen to contact their representatives to express their opinion,” he said.

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