Stagnant State Funding Remains Overriding Concern For New Jersey Schools

By John Mooney

Education commissioner calls for dialogue between state and districts, but offers scant hope for increased aid

The inaugural year of new online tests in New Jersey schools is getting much of the attention on the education front these days.

But it’s a long-running and familiar story that may have more lasting impact: State school aid has essentially been frozen for five years – and a thaw seems unlikely anytime soon.…

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Additional Superstorm Sandy Funds Available for AFTNJ Members

After Superstorm Sandy devastated our state three years ago, AFT and AFTNJ worked to identify members who had been impacted and assist in recovery. We supported the efforts of local food banks and provided information and referrals to the organizations providing direct assistance to families impacted by the storm.

The union elected to provide direct financial support to those who suffered monetary damages due to the storm when their homes or vehicles were damaged.…

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Fragile Truce Shows Signs Of Crumbling During Newark School Board Meeting

By John Mooney

Charter-school advocates clash with teachers’ union leader, students disrupt gathering and chant ‘Cerf must go’

Protesting students disrupt yesterday’s meeting of the Newark school board.
It’s not like he had a wide berth to begin with, but the relative calm that greeted Chris Cerf’s arrival as the new superintendent of Newark schools is pretty much over.…

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‘The diplomacy is over’: Protesters blast Cerf, derail Newark meeting

NEWARK – Just three months after his appointment, it appears the welcome wagon for Superintendent of Schools Christopher Cerf has worn thin.

A meeting of the city’s School Advisory Board was derailed after members of the Newark Student Union and other activists staged a protest of Cerf, new charter school expansion and subpar conditions in traditional schools.…

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Rutgers-Camden to new students: We’ll cover all or half of tuition

By Greg Adomaitis | For NJ.com

CAMDEN — A new grant program at Rutgers University’s Camden campus will make the college tuition-free for New Jersey students whose families make less than $60,000 a year.

“Bridging the Gap” — billed as the first program of its kind among New Jersey colleges — will be open exclusively to state residents graduating from high school in 2016 and will cover half or all of tuition after students apply for federal and state grants.

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