‘No secret agreements’: Newarkers demand details of district-charter enrollment deal

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat

This week, the Newark school board approved a lengthy legal agreement spelling out the details of the enrollment system that thousands of Newark families will use to apply to schools for the coming year.

Didn’t hear about it? You’re not alone.

The board OK’d the deal at a hastily arranged meeting Monday that few people in the community knew about or attended.…

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State Official Scrutinizes Payroll Switch For Faculty At Kean U Outpost In China

Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight

Secretary of Higher Education delves into controversy that has alarmed faculty. Union president says professors worry they will be under ‘control of the Chinese government’

New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education is looking into why the faculty of Kean University’s campus in China will be taken off the New Jersey payroll, making them employees of the Chinese government.…

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Are these college profs beholden to China? N.J. wants to find out

By Adam Clark adam_clark@njadvancemedia.com
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

New Jersey’s top higher education official is reviewing claims that professors at Kean University’s satellite campus in China are now employees of the nation’s communist government.

Zakiya Smith-Ellis, the state’s Secretary of Higher Education, sent a letter to the public university last month asking for detailed information on the rights and protections of faculty at Wenzhou-Kean University, according to the state.…

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A look at why Rutgers’ Chris Ash and Steve Pikiell use private jets to recruit, and how much it costs

By Keith Sargeant, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

In what a top-ranking Rutgers official called “an essential component of today’s recruiting resources,” the university’s athletics program spent $211,000 on nine private jets in an effort to boost its’ recruiting efforts in football and men’s basketball two years ago, an NJ Advance Media analysis revealed.

The expenditures are a key reason why the recruiting budget increased 33.5 percent to a record $1.27 million in the 2016-17 school year — the first season that Rutgers football coach Chris Ash, men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell and Athletics Director Pat Hobbs were in their respective positions.…

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Rutgers-Newark Professors Protest Pay Differences Across All 3 Campuses

Rebecca Panico

NEWARK, NJ – It’s a tale of three cities in the eyes of a labor union at Rutgers University.

The Rutgers AAUP-AFT says certain full-time tenure-track faculty who teach at the Camden and Newark campuses are paid less than their counterparts in New Brunswick. The union held a rally today on the Newark campus to protest the differences in pay and called for wage increases across at all three locations.…

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