Unions update lawsuits over New Jersey pensions

By John Rietmeyer and Melissa Hayes, State House Bureau, The Record.

An amended complaint from the unions was submitted to Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson.
New Jersey public-employee unions suing to overturn Governor Christie’s decision to cut state contributions to the pension system filed new court papers Tuesday outlining the Legislature’s recent attempt to generate more money to cover the benefits of retired state workers.…

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New Poll Reflects Unease About Tying Teacher Ratings to Test Scores

By John Mooney

Fairleigh Dickinson survey reveals New Jerseyans not knowledgeable about Common Core standards

Public support for teacher and school accountability in New Jersey may only go so far.

That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from a new poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Public Mind, which last week released its findings on what residents think about the new national Common Core State Standards and how New Jersey teachers are to be evaluated.…

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Best way to grade New Jersey teachers debated

By Hannan Adely, Staff writer, The Record

New Jersey’s adoption of teacher evaluations that relied on student test scores was hailed by Governor Christie as a way to make educators accountable for how much students learned.

Last week, however, under pressure from lawmakers, parents and teacher unions, the governor announced plans to lessen the impact that those test scores will have on judging teachers.…

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Teacher Tenure Lawsuits Spread From California To New York

By Beth Fertig, Anya Kamenetz and Claudio Sanchez

Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.?

That question is at the center of the heated debate about teacher tenure. In New York today, a group of parents and advocates, led by former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown, filed a suit challenging state laws that govern when teachers can be given tenure and how they can be fired once they have it.…

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How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College

By David Leonhardt

The government’s official statistic for college-tuition inflation has become somewhat infamous. It appears frequently in the news media, and policy makers lament what it shows.

No wonder: College tuition and fees have risen an astounding 107 percent since 1992, even after adjusting for economywide inflation, according to the measure. No other major household budget item has increased in price nearly as much.…

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