Black ministers join in call for Kean University president to resign

coalition of eight black ministers have joined the call for the resignation of embattled Kean University President Darwood Farahi. On their Facebook page they say the head of the Union, N.J., school has resided over a “climate of racial intolerance that has been allowed to fester for years,” and responded with “too little too late” after anonymously posted death threats on Twitter this Tuesday targeting black students.…

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N.J. pension investment panel to disclose fees, bonuses

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — The New Jersey State Investment Council, seeking to resolve a dispute with the heads of the public worker pension funds, voted Wednesday to report five years’ worth of fees, bonuses and performance data for the state’s investments.

Tom Byrne, chairman of the council overseeing the investments, said it was unclear how long it would take to compile the report, which will include alternative investments managed externally and funds managed in-house.

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Op-Ed: Drawing Succor And Sustenance From Membership In The Teachers Union

By Norine Gall

A strong union does far more than protect teachers; it makes it possible for students to excel

When unions are under attack, I think of my 31 years as an elementary school teacher in Perth Amboy and my two sons — a firefighter in Perth Amboy and a Monmouth County corrections officer. Both my sons put their lives on the line every day and depend on union brothers and sisters (mostly brothers) to protect one another.…

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The predatory for-profit college industry and its enablers in Congress | Opinion

By Linda Stamato | Star-Ledger Guest Columnist

For-profit college conglomerates take in millions of U.S. students—12 percent of the nation’s college students—and pocket their publicly-financed student grants and loans—$30 billion annually—while their students account for nearly 50 percent of loan defaults.  These outfits generate substantial profits, attract Wall Street speculators and hedge funds to finance their expansion all the while making a joke (on us) of the notion that “private industry does it better.”

For-profit colleges in New Jersey

New Jersey is not a big player in for-profit higher education—eleven schools, several with multiple campuses—but, with some 20,000 students enrolled, it’s big enough.

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