Better Higher Education Leads to a Better Regional Economy, Report Says

By Ann Schnoebelen

Findings released on Wednesday by the Milken Institute corroborate a view many in higher education have found themselves defending in recent years: A college education pays.

In a report titled “A Matter of Degrees: The Effect of Educational Attainment on Regional Economic Prosperity,” the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank says its research proves “the strong relationship between educational attainment and a region’s economic performance.”

The report associates education with increases in real gross domestic product per capita and real wages, linking the addition of one year in a worker’s average years of schooling to a 10.5-percent rise in a region’s real GDP per capita and a 8.4-percent rise in the region’s real wages.…

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School vouchers, aid increase, included in Christie budget

By Jeanette Rundquist/The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — Inside the nearly $9 billion that Gov. Chris Christie’s budget allocates for schools is funding to revive a controversial pilot program that would, for the first time, offer scholarships for students to attend private and parochial schools with public money.

The budget includes $2 million to create a pilot “opportunity scholarship” program, that would allow about 200 children to transfer from failing public schools to private schools.…

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AFTNJ Legislative Conference 2013

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April 19-20 2013
Friday, 3:00-9:00 PM
Saturday, 7:45 AM-2:30 PM
The Heldrich
10 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Join your AFTNJ colleagues for a full agenda of workshops designed to build professional voice in the legislative arena.

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Elections Matter 2013
elections matter On Friday, join Gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono and other key leaders standing up for education and labor.
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Perth Amboy school board rescinds superintendent’s suspension

By Suzanne Russell


Although some board members were surprised to see the suspension issue rescinded, Donna Chiera, president of Perth Amboy Federation/American Federation of Teachers, was not.

“I thought she would be here for the remainder of her contract,’’ said Chiera, adding if the board’s action gets the district moving in a positive direction, she is not opposed.…

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