Activists, union ramp up push against Newark school district’s ‘turnaround’ program

By Naomi Nix, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — Newark activists and unions are gearing up for another push against Newark Public Schools’ reform strategy.

On Friday, the Newark Students Union and NJ Communities United are working with students at East Side High School to organize a “walk-out” at noon in protest of the district’s decision to put the school through its turnaround program.…

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Sweeney, Ruiz: Keep PARCC’s impact on teacher evaluations low

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — High ranking New Jersey Democrats are calling on the state to minimize the impact of PARCC exams on teacher evaluations again next school year.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), chair of the Senate Education Committee, wrote a letter to Education Commissioner David Hespe this week asking him to keep the weight of PARCC data at 10 percent of teachers’ evaluations next year.…

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An Administrator Turns Heads With a Pledge to ‘Take Back Control’ of the Faculty Senate

By Katherine Mangan

Vowing to “take back control” of the Faculty Senate by electing an administration-friendly slate of candidates, an administrator at Kean University has raised eyebrows with an apparent directive to his subordinates to bring him the votes.

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James A. Castiglione, president of the Kean Federation of Teachers, sent a message to union members attaching the email from Mr.…

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For-Profit Chain Corinthian Colleges Officially Closes Its Doors

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) — Corinthian Colleges , the for-profit chain of colleges which owned Everest, Heald College and WyoTech, is shutting down for good.

The news came Sunday morning by way of a post on the company’s website, announcing that all 28 campuses remaining under the company’s name would close effective immediately. It was a sudden end to what has been a steady process of dismantling one of the country’s largest for-profit schools, and will impact approximately 16,000 students nationwide.…

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As School District Simmers Over ‘One Newark’ Reforms, Both Sides Sit Down at Table

By John Mooney

Superintendent Anderson, local advisory board are talking, though no substantive progress has been made as of yet.

As the public drama over Newark schools continues to swirl, a private meeting was held in the city’s Gateway Center this past Friday that at least by one account made some progress in the ongoing struggle over the state’s control of the district.…

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