Chiera Testimony To Senate Labor and Education Joint Meeting

The Senate Labor Committee, Chairman Fred H. Madden, and the Senate Education Committee, Chairwoman M. Teresa Ruiz, met jointly May 31 to hear testimony from invited speakers on the topics of teacher sexual misconduct, the reporting of child abuse in schools and the process for tenure charge arbitration in the case of teacher sexual misconduct.

Chiera: As the President of AFT New Jersey, representing 30,000 educators in our schools and colleges, we have a track record of working with many of you in the legislature to make sure that children are protected, the public is served and teachers are treated fairly.…

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Teacher-rights watchdog

Tina Pappas, Montclair Local

Former Mayor and present councilman Robert Russo was once arrested–but for a good cause.

As a Newark teacher, he led the 1970 strike for fair living wages and was arrested with 200 other teachers during a demonstration downtown marching against what he referred to as “a corrupt city government and board of education.”

Recently, Russo was reelected as Vice President for Higher Education at the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ).…

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Chiera Testifies Against Cut In Retirement Benefits

Legislation that would further limit collectively bargained retirement benefits advanced Wednesday in Trenton, despite testimony from Donna M. Chiera on behalf of AFTNJ and representatives from CWANJ, AFSCME, NJEA, FOP and PBA.

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AFTNJ President Donna Chiera

The Assembly bill, A-1851 , is sponsored by Education chair Pam Lampitt and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. The Senate companion, S-2578, is sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.…

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Former principal Roger Leon chosen as Newark’s new superintendent

By Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat

Former principal and veteran administrator Roger Leon has been chosen as Newark’s new schools chief — its first since the city regained control of its schools.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the school board chose Leon — a Newark native backed by local elected officials — over two candidates with extensive experience in other large urban districts, but whose outsider status put them at a disadvantage.…

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