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Do You Want AFFORDABLE Textbooks? If YES, Encourage YOUR Senator & Representative to ACT NOW!

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JORDON SCHULTZ & ELIZABETH MCBRIDE

 

are two students who have started a grassroots campaign on the MSOE Campus to encourage our STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY & ALUMS to Support the Passage of the


AFFORDABLE COLLEGE TEXTBOOK ACT

(House Bill:HR-3538 and Senate Bill: S-1704)

 

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DID YOU KNOW? 65.6 cents of every dollar spent on a textbook goes to the PUBLISHER.

DID YOU KNOW? 11.7 cents of every dollar spent on a textbook goes to the AUTHOR.

DID YOU KNOW? 22.7 cents of every dollar spent on a textbook goes to the BOOKSELLER.

DID YOU KNOW? $1200.00 is the average that a typical college student spends on textbooks each year.

DID YOU KNOW? Over the last decade, textbook prices increased 82%.

DID YOU KNOW? Using OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES can reduce textbook costs by 80 to 100%.

DID YOU KNOW? There are 45 U.S. Congressmen (House Members) who support a bill to REDUCE TEXTBOOK COSTS.

DID YOU KNOW? Only 2 Wisconsin Congressman (Ron Kind & Mark Pocan) support this bill (HR-3538)

DID YOU KNOW? There are 5 U.S. Senators who support a bill to REDUCE TEXTBOOK COSTS.

DID YOU KNOW? No Wisconsin Senator has show support for this bill. (S-1704)

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1. Take a moment to write YOUR U.S. Congressman (you only have 1) to support HR-3538

2. Take a moment to write YOUR U.S. Senators (you have 2) asking them to support S--1704.

 

Here is a SAMPLE MESSAGE you can send, but feel free to personalize the message. (Cut and paste the following into the LINKS to your Representatives Emails - you should adjust if writing a House member vs a Senator)

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"Dear [Congresswoman, Congressman, Senator]: I am writing to encourage you to support [HR-3538 or S-1704] "The Affordable College Textbook Act". I am currently a student at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and feel that the rising costs of textbooks are getting out of hand. According to the G.A.O. costs for textbooks have increased 82% over the last decade. Please help students like myself "remain in college" by being able to "afford college" or at least help us "reduce our financial burden after college due to loans, etc.".

 

Here is a link to bill details:

House Bill Details: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr3538ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr3538ih.pdf

Senate Bill Details: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s1704is/pdf/BILLS-113s1704is.pdf

 

Thank you for considering my request, I look forward to hearing back from you on this important issue.

 

Sincerely.

[Your Name]

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LINKS to YOUR U.S. CONGRESSMAN/CONGRESSWOMAN and/or U.S. SENATORS:

 

House Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

Senator Rep: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

 

JORDON SCHULTZ & ELIZABETH MCBRIDE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT & ASSISTANCE!

  • Re: Do You Want AFFORDABLE Textbooks? If YES, Encourage YOUR Senator & Representative to ACT NOW!
    Steven Somers

    If this "Affordable" Text book legislation is like the "Affordable" Care Act, you can count me out. This post doesn't have any explanation at all HOW a Law is going to "reduce textbook costs". Could it be that the law would mandate price caps on textbooks (which is against free market principles) or give government subsidies to universities to use for textbooks, so that the American taxpayer can pay for one more thing through taxes?

     

    If MSOE would like to reduce textbook costs, they could start by not charging $100+ for a proprietary  Humanities reader by our very own Dr. Jung, or by not charging $100+ for Org Psych texts.

     

    Anyway, there's already a source of inexpensive textbooks - it's called Amazon.com (and also "illegal" international editions.)