User fees for drivers a family-friendly approach

By Dan Aronson

This is part of an ongoing series demonstrating the potential for common ground between progressives and conservatives on labor and environmental issues.

High school students strive to get into the best colleges, and college students strive to get good grades to further their career. But with all this frenetic activity, we don’t pause to consider the meaning of the term “college.”


Donna Chiera, president of AFT New Jersey.…

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Letter from Randi Weingarten to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the school crisis in Newark

The Honorable Chris Christie
Governor of New Jersey
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

Dear Governor Christie:

There is a crisis in Newark. And that crisis was made worse by your schools Superintendent Cami Anderson opting not to attend last night’s School Advisory Board meeting to hear the concerns and desires of parents, educators, students and the people of Newark.…

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Chris Christie faces new uproar in state’s largest city


Just as he’s fighting to regain his political footing, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing a new uproar on the home front, as public protests mount against state control of the public schools in Newark, the state’s largest city.

Parents and teachers are demanding the ouster of Christie’s appointee as superintendent of the Newark schools, Cami Anderson, who is fending off accusations that she orchestrated political payback against opponents of a district reform plan.…

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Rutgers University’s athletics subsidy grows

By Patricia Alex And Leslie Brody, Staff Writers, The Record

Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi promised to put university athletics on the path to solvency, but during his first year in office the school boosted its support to the money-losing department by two-thirds to nearly $47 million — reportedly making Rutgers the most highly subsidized public sports program in the nation, documents show.…

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Newark teachers, students protest district’s layoff plan

By Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK — About 400 Newark teachers and their supporters voiced pronounced opposition last night to the school district’s proposal to base planned layoffs of more than 1,000 teachers on classroom effectiveness rather than seniority.

Rallying just ahead of a meeting of the district’s advisory board, some said that process, if approved by state officials, would undermine long cultivated relationships among both teachers and students.…

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