Profile: Newark Interim Superintendent Could Be In For The Long Haul

John Mooney, NJ Spotlight

Robert Gregory rises through the school ranks as Newark regains local control


A teacher favorite? The Newark Teachers Union is no small player in the discussion, and its president John Abeigon said it is withholding judgment for now on the search process and any potential candidates.

“We’ll work with whoever they select,” Abeigon said yesterday.…

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Education Transition Report Released

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The transition committees released their reports today, including the Education, Access, and Opportunity Transition Advisory Committee, co-chaired by AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera.

“It was an honor to represent the voices of the dedicated professionals of AFTNJ in a new administration where these voices can be heard,” said Chiera. “I am pleased to see this administration has made it a priority to review the state’s charter schools system before moving forward with any expansion.…

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2018 Legislative Conference: “We Care, We Fight, We Vote, We Win”

2018 Convention and Legislative Conference

AFTNJ members met in Atlantic City April 13-14 to learn more about legislative issues and tactics, discover tools to strengthen locals and vote on business and for new officers at the union’s biennial convention.

Convention Report

Conference Report

2018-2020 Officer Election Results
On Saturday, April 14, the following officers were elected for the term July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.Donna Chiera, President
Sue Tardi, Executive VP Higher Education
Rob Barbier, Executive VP PreK-12
Jennifer Higgins, Treasurer
Lucye Millerand, Secretary

Michael Backo
Christopher Canik
Leslie Correa
Carol Graff
Michael Iovino
Jerry Moore
Patricia Paradiso
Robin Pinckney-St.

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Graduate Student Unions Are Growing — and Fighting for Social Justice

By Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout | Report

Not surprisingly, when graduate students heard that the Republican tax bill included a provision to tax tuition waivers, most became both upset and angry. But rather than despair, they organized. On campus after campus, in city after city, they mobilized to protest the 2017 bill. Their concerns extended beyond the injustice of taxing in-kind financial aid incentives as income, to include a broader progressive agenda: opposing racism, sexism, classism and homophobia; denouncing corporate tax giveaways; fighting the growth of anti-intellectualism; and countering attacks on publicly funded education.…

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