Dominick Stampone, the mayor of Haledon, in Passaic County, who belongs to the American Federation of Teachers, said: “They talked about fund-raising, campaign finance reporting, dealing with the media, addressing a room, crafting your message, and also about the core values we believe in, like affordable health care and living wage requirements. They really covered all the bases.”…Read more
Donna Chiera, a special education teacher in Perth Amboy who is also executive vice president for pre-K to 12 for AFT NJ, said she asked for the post because, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”
Chiera said evaluations should be tools to help teachers hone their skills. She said she believed in using multiple measures of student growth – such as reviewing classwork – and not just scores on yearly state tests.…
Group Organizes To Preserve Quality Education Standards
EDISON…Working at a charter school in Englewood, fourth-grade teacher Janine Ellis wants to protect the engaged classroom environment and close-knit community the teachers have cultivated since the kindergarten through grade five school opened in 1998. Many of the original teachers are still on board at the school, where students receive special attention based on small class size.…Read more
BY LESLIE BRODY
In an unusual move, teachers at Englewood on the Palisades Charter School unionized this week and so joined a national debate about how well union rules can co-exist with charter schools’ push for autonomy.
Several teachers at the cozy enclave for 200 elementary school children said they joined the American Federation of Teachers to gain a stronger voice in school policy after the charter’s board unilaterally extended the school day this fall.…Read more
By Dierdre Glenn Paul
(A response to “It’s Time To Grant State Colleges The Same Authority As Other Public Colleges & Universities”)
With the state of New Jersey in dire financial straits, New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities’ CEO Darryl Greer seeks to capitalize on an opportunity to decimate collective bargaining.
Greer suggests that New Jersey’s higher education fiscal woes are inextricably linked to labor costs.…Read more