Newark Union Head Barely Wins Re-Election After Zuckerberg-Donation-Funded Reform Plan

By Josh Eidelson

Public school teachers cheer at a rally of thousands of teachers outside the Chicago Board of Education district headquarters on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.(AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

Eight months after negotiating “performance bonuses” funded by a Facebook fortune, Newark Teachers Union President Joseph Del Grosso was re-elected Tuesday by a margin of nine votes.…

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Sen. Stephen Sweeney’s attempted coup at Rutgers: Editorial

Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s bill to dismantle Rutgers’ Board of Trustees, if it passes, isn’t likely to survive the inevitable court challenge. The 1956 law that gave Rutgers to New Jersey enshrined the trustees’ power. It’s ironclad, and can’t be undone by anything as simple as a bill.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney visited Rutgers University last August as Gov. Chris Christie signed the state's higher education reorganization bill. Star-Ledger file photo
Senate President Stephen Sweeney visited Rutgers University last August as Gov.

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Effort to eliminate Rutgers Board of Trustees runs into roadblock

By Kelly Heyboer and Matt Friedman/ The Star-Ledger

PISCATAWAY — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s attempt to pass a law eliminating the Rutgers Board of Trustees ran into a legal wall today when experts in the Legislature’s non-partisan legislative services office determined the university board may have to consent to its own demise.

 Rutgers Board of Trustees
The Rutgers Board of Trustees would be eliminated under legislation proposed by Senate President Steve Sweeney.

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Lacking Definitive Ruling on Affirmative Action, Both Sides Claim Victory

By John Schwartz and Richard Perez- Pena

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to send a thorny affirmative action case back to the lower courts for additional review left both sides claiming victory on Monday.

Students and visitors on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on Monday.
Civil rights groups that favor race-conscious admissions cheered the ruling, arguing that the court had upheld its 2003 decision in Grutter v.…

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Longtime Newark Teachers Union Chief Ekes Out Election to 10th Term

Upstart ‘New Vision’ slate nearly ousts longtime president, gains majority on union’s executive board

By John Mooney

Still outspoken, if no longer quite as militant, Joseph Del Grosso has been the president of the Newark Teachers Union – the state’s largest teachers local — for 18 years, for a total of nine terms in all.

Credit: Andrew Mills, The Star-Ledger
Credit: Andrew Mills, The Star-Ledger

Yesterday, he barely made it to his 10th term.…

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