Rutgers’ unfunded mandates shouldn’t always be the student’s burden | Editorial

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

Rutgers has done a commendable job containing increases in tuition and fees in an age of cutbacks in state aid – a Draconian wallop of 12 percent since Gov. Christie took office, if you consult the figures provided by the NJEA’s Higher Education Committee.

In fact, our State university’s tuition hikes over the last three fiscal years were a mere 1.6, 2.5, and 3.3 percent, which is not terribly unreasonable when compared with increases at the 10 other senior public schools.…

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Photos: Middlesex Somerset CLC Scholarship Breakfast and Awards

Honoring Ronald Rios for the Hubert H. Humphrey Friend of Labor Award and Donna Chiera for the Middlesex and Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Central Labor Council’s Labor Person of the Year Award.

Posted by AFT New Jersey on Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Students speak out at Rutgers open budgeting hearing

By Mary Ellen Cagnassola

The air was thick with tension at the open hearing on the University’s budget last night at the College Avenue Student Center, where students, faculty and members of the Rutgers community made it clear how the University’s financial decisions directly affect them.

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The Union of Rutgers Administrators-American Federation of Teachers also made its presence known at the hearing, urging the BOG to freeze tuition and not faculty salaries.…

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Rutgers students demand a tuition freeze

By Monsy Alvarado and Patricia Alex, Staff Writers, The Record

One by one, students stood before members of the Rutgers governing body on Thursday to tell them they could not afford tuition increases at the state institution — which has spent millions on construction, athletics and most recently a huge medical school merger.

Katherine Hood of Jackson, a junior at Rutgers, holds up a sign during the protest at a hearing by the Rutgers Board of Governors on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in New Brunswick.…

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Newark teachers union to launch ‘informational picket lines’ in protest of superintendent

By Naomi Nix, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — The Newark Teachers union said Thursday its members will no longer “volunteer” to work extra hours after the school day ends in protest of several of Superintendent Cami Anderson’s reforms.

“I know you have been waiting for this,” John Abeigon, the union’s director of operations, told a crowd of about 50 inside the union’s headquarters.…

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