High school principal starts petition blasting ‘One Newark’ plan

By Dan Ivers, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — A petition by the principal of Central High School has been gaining steam online after claiming the district is deliberately overenrolling special needs students in a “blatant” effort to cause the school to fail.

The petition apparently started by Sharnee Brown, addressed to Superintendent Cami Anderson and Assistant Superintendent Brad Haggerty, has garnered more than 750 signatures since appearing on MoveOn.org on Saturday.…

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Christie drops Common Core, but sticks with PARCC tests

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Gov. Chris Christie’s declaration that Common Core is “simply not working” made national headlines on Thursday and realigned his stance with the Republican Party’s conservative base.

But despite Christie’s rhetoric, it’s possible that Common Core standards — called by that name or not — will remain in place, state education experts and leaders said.…

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Task force told: N.J. colleges should rethink tuition, aid

Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer

TRENTON – New Jersey’s colleges should reconsider the traditional “high aid, high tuition” funding model long in place, a task force on college affordability was told Wednesday.

Steven M. Rose, president of Passaic County Community College, said he believed the funding model had grown unconsciously over time: When the state cut or limited funding, public colleges and universities would raise tuition, and the state money would go toward financial aid instead.…

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Newark School Community Anxiously Awaits Details On Impending Layoffs

By John Mooney

On heels of news that 155 civil-service jobs will be cut, impact on teaching jobs remains unclear

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The uncertainty has left the district, along with its educators and their unions, in a state of turmoil as the end of the school year approaches.
The Newark Teachers Union is going through an election of its first new president in 20 years, and all three candidates for the top post said at last night’s schools advisory board meeting that it has been a difficult time for members.…

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