Faculty Leaders Testify For Senate Higher Education

Oppose Third Year in Community College For Four Year Degree

A program keeping students in community colleges for a third year before matriculating to Rowan University should be studied and analyzed before being replicated at other schools, experienced professors told legislators at the Senate Higher Education Committee, Monday, Oct. 18 in Trenton. The faculty members supported many measures recommended by the College Affordability Study Commission, but objected to extending the “3-Plus-1 Degree Programs” bill (S2623) before the model has proven itself at Rowan University and community colleges in Gloucester and Burlington Counties.…

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AFTNJ Supports Reforms of Abusive NJ Student Loan Practices

“Thanks to Assembly Higher Ed Chair Mila Jasey and Assemblyman Andrew Wicker for their leadership in putting forth common sense legislation on student debt,” said AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera. Decency was on the agenda in Trenton, Thursday, Sept.8 at the Assembly Higher Education Committee, she said.

David Hughes testifies in favor of legislation to erase student debt when the student has died
David Hughes testifies in favor of legislation to erase student debt when the student has died.
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Testimony for College Affordability Task Force Offers Ideas for Efficiency, Savings for Students

Dan O'Connor, Sue Tardi, Patrice Mareschal
Dan O'Connor, Sue Tardi, Patrice Mareschal

AFTNJ Higher Education Executive Vice President Sue Tardi, a professor from William Paterson, and Rutgers professors Dan O’Connor and Patrice Mareschal testified in Trenton for the College Affordability Task Force. The group offered a variety of recommendations for reducing college and student debt, improving emphasis on academics on and increasing accountability in Trenton.…

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Testimony: Call for a Moratorium on the Consequences of High Stakes Testing

Donna M. Chiera Senate Education testimony, May 18
Donna M. Chiera Senate Education testimony, May 18

Parents, students, community members and educators continue to stand up against the trend of standardized testing increasingly driving education policies and practices. They are rejecting the concept of the disastrous “shame, blame, test and punish” accountability system that is dismantling the teaching and learning process. Disbelief and outrage was expressed when it was learned publishing companies are “spying” on students without any prior notification to the school systems, parents or students.…

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Reclaiming Our Profession: A Professional Continuum to Support Effective Teaching in NJ

Donna M. Chiera testified at the Assembly Education Committee
Donna M. Chiera testified at the Assembly Education Committee

There is not a profession in this modern era that is legislated, regulated and mandated as closely as that of the public school educator. While there are laws governing other professions, those laws are developed and implemented with the voices of those in the profession front and center.…

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