N.J.’s takeover of Newark schools is officially over — 25 years later

Story by Adam Clark; photo by Aristide Economopoulos / NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

It’s over.

Finally. Officially.

No more procedural steps. No more maybes.

New Jersey’s takeover of Newark Public Schools formally ended Wednesday, almost 25 years to the day that the state stripped local control from its largest school district.

“I am just glad I lived to see this day come,” said longtime state Sen.…

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N.J. teachers, school districts could save $1B in health care costs under new law signed by Gov. Murphy

Brent Johnson, Matt Arco and Samantha Marcus / NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed a bill into law that overhauls health care benefits for teachers in New Jersey — a plan that proponents say will lower premium costs for educators and could save teachers, school districts, and the state an estimated $1 billion a year.…

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Union Members Accuse Rutgers Administration of Stalling Negotiations​

O’Donnell, TapInto New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Members of a union representing some 1,400 clinical and research physicians at Rutgers are accusing the university’s administration of dragging its feet in labor negotiations.

They said they became more embittered when one recent bargaining session was canceled, yet watched as the Board of Governors held an emergency meeting on Dec.…

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Fair Contract Now: Kean Faculty Takes Stand

Erin McGuinness. Kean Tower

Passing drivers honked horns in support as members of the Kean Federation of Teachers picketed across Morris Ave on Nov. 20.

Public colleges throughout the state took part in a “Day of Action” to urge the state of NJ to push forward contracts that outline fair pay increases for tenured faculty, job security for lecturers and fair pay for adjunct professors.…

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First Look at New School Standards Without Battles of Years Gone By

Commissioner Repollet and staff preview slightly revised requirements for six subject areas for state Board of Education

Mooney, NJ Spotlight

In a process that started in earnest in 1996 at the height of the standards and testing movement, the state every few years reviews and revises the requirements for what every New Jersey student should know and be able to do.…

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Rutgers faculty oppose new football coach’s contract

Sitrin, Politico

Faculty union leaders at Rutgers University are railing against the $32 million contract offered to new head football coach Greg Schiano, saying it “sucks resources” from students and the university community and contributes to the “arms race” among other schools in the Big Ten conference.

David Hughes, a professor of anthropology and treasurer of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union, which represents 4,800 full-time faculty and graduate workers, spoke out in opposition to the contract at Tuesday’s board of governors meeting in New Brunswick along with Diomedes Tsitouras, executive director of the AAUP union representing biomedical and health sciences faculty members who have been without a contract since June of last year.…

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Kean profs protest as part of statewide demonstration

UNION, N.J. — Professors, lecturers, professional staff and librarians at Kean University joined instructors from eight other New Jersey public colleges in a statewide demonstration protesting for a new contract Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Kean instructors picketed as part of the state College Council along Morris Avenue at the intersection of Green Lane across from the Barnes & Noble bookstore, seeking attention from the public and state officials in their demand for higher pay, a smaller workload, job security and better pay for adjuncts.…

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NJ adjuncts get ‘biggest increase’ ever in pay, while full-time professors vote to strike

Catherine Carrera, Staff Writer

About 5,000 unionized adjunct faculty members from nine New Jersey public colleges will see the biggest wage increases they’ve ever received in a new contract reached Friday, after statewide rallies last week that drew hundreds on each campus to call for higher wages.

Meanwhile, another 5,000 unionized full-time faculty members, librarians and staff professionals still in negotiations are preparing for a potential strike by holding strike authorization votes.…

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News: NJ State College Faculty, Staff, Librarians Rally for Fair Contract

Simultaneous demonstrations on multiple campuses protest lack of progress

Tenure-track and adjunct faculty, lecturers, professional staff and librarians at nine states colleges and universities in the College Council rallied Wednesday to call for a fair contract from the state.   Tim Haresign, the President of the College Council, characterizes the major issues as fair pay for contingent faculty and ensuring quality higher education in the state of New Jersey.…

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Professors protest on public university campuses across New Jersey

Duffy, PIX 11

College professors protested on public campuses across New Jersey Wednesday to demand higher pay and better benefits, including at: The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College, Stockton University, Thomas Edison State University and William Paterson University.

At William Paterson University, the faculty wore black and marched in the style of a New Orleans funeral.…

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Professors protest for a fair contract at Trustees meeting

Deangelis, Ramapo News

Dozens of professors, faculty and supporting students filled the conference room where the Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 21 was being held. 

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is a union for faculty and professional staff. The union held a statewide demonstration to draw attention to an expired contract that has not yet been renewed or renegotiated.…

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Rowan professors take part in mass protest across N.J. over lack of contracts, wages

Fitchett, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Teachers across the state held a Day of Action on Wednesday, including the American Federation of Teachers at Rowan University’s Glassboro campus.

The union gathered in Savitz Hall with information and a petition asking for fair contracts for its members. Rowan University faculty, staff, and coaches have been without a contract since the previous contracted expired in July.…

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Stockton union rallies over stalled contract, begins vote to authorize strike

Lowe, Staff Writer

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Stockton faculty members Wednesday began the process of authorizing a strike if statewide contract negotiations continue to stall.

The voting began as union members held a rally before the larger-than-life replica of the Declaration of Independence at the main campus as part of a day of action organized by the 11 unions of the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, a subsidiary of the American Federation of Teachers, to call for a “fair contract now.”

“What we’re fighting about is the soul of the university,” said Stockton’s Local 2275 President Rodger Jackson.

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