“For his leadership in the fight for better public schools, including his commitment to high quality public education, economic opportunities, healthcare, and public services for Newark students, their families, teachers and other educational personnel, as well as the entire community.” …Read more
Retired AFTNJ officer Liz Gray was honored Friday for her work on behalf of the Freddie Porter Memorial Fund. The fund provides financial support to deserving students from Garfield high school where Freddie attended and graduated from receive scholarships and other students who are in need.…Read more
NJ AFL-CIO president Charles Wowkanech accepts the ‘Joe Del Grosso Friend of Pre-Kindergarten to 12 Education’ award from AFTNJ president Donna Chiera and Pre-K to 12 Executive Vice President Cheryl Skeete…Read more
UNION, N.J. — Kean University has released a 122-page statistical report on whether African-American students and staff are treated fairly on campus.
The report was commissioned in December of 2015.
It states that the black student and staff population on campus is higher than at other New Jersey colleges; they promote African American employees at a higher rate than the general population; and Kean’s graduation rate among African American students is up 37 percent.…Read more
Rutgers professors vote a second time to seek access to and limits on use of data from Academic Analytics — as faculty advocates vow to take such criticism to other campuses.
By Colleen Flaherty
The faculty of the Graduate School at Rutgers University in New Brunswick took a stand against Academic Analytics on Tuesday, resolving that administrators shouldn’t use proprietary information about faculty productivity in decisions about divvying up resources among departments, or those affecting the makeup of the faculty, graduate teaching assignments, fellowships and grant writing.…Read more
By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record
An in-house review — for which Kean University had hired a consultant with a criminal background — has absolved the school’s administration of racial bias charges, but failed to convince critics, who renewed calls for an outside inquiry.
“Taxpayers across the state should be infuriated that Kean’s board of trustees paid $15,000 for a flimsy report written by someone who was clearly paid to see no evil and speak no evil,” said the Rev.…Read more
“Real Sports” Segment Focuses on College Athletics Arms Race That Cost RU $312M
By Hallel Ladin
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” ran a episode on April 19 that heavily featured the Rutgers athletics department.
One segment of the episode, “Arm$ Race,” explores the excessive athletics spending on campuses across the country.
The segment included many alarming statistics about the athletics spending on campus.…Read more
By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record
Rowan University turned to private donors recently to buy its president a $1 million home, which it claimed was needed, perhaps ironically, to entertain donors to the state school. Alumni giving at Rutgers rose from $66.7 million in 2006 to $187.9 million in 2015. And William Paterson University tripled the donations to a scholarship fund that this year awarded more than $1 million to students.…Read more
Newark teachers and education activists at Technology HS on Broadway call for resources for students and a return to local control. See http://www.reclaimourschools.org for more information.…Read more
Contact: Nat Bender, 908-377-0393, nbender [@] aftnj.org
The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (www.reclaimourschools.org) is linking together parents, educators, students, school staff and community members more than 70 cities across the country to “Walk in” to support the quality public schools that all our students deserve. With the challenges the Newark education community faces: a budget shortfall because of state mismanagement, crumbling infrastructure and lack of local control, AFT national president Randi Weingarten opted to start her day calling for adequate resources for Newark students.…Read more
NJ Policy Perspective president Gordon MacInnes accepts the Friend of Higher Education award from AFTNJ Exec. VP of Higher Education Susanna Tardi, PhD.…
By Samantha Marcus, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
EAST BRUNSWICK — Senate President Stephen Sweeney defended his proposal to constitutionally mandate billions of dollars in public-sector pension contributions on Friday from a Republican budget officer who argued that without union concessions New Jersey would go bust.
The debate at the Public Employment Conference, hosted by the state bar, was a replay of the debate in the Legislature last session and a telegraph of disagreements to come as the summer deadline for putting constitutional amendments on the ballot approaches.…Read more