A little (editorial) knowledge is a dangerous thing

Paul L. Tractenberg

This newspaper’s Aug. 15 editorial (“It’s time to pass scholarship act”) proves that a little knowledge is still a dangerous thing.

It combines misinformation, disinformation and, frankly, no information to reach a dubious conclusion — New Jersey should spend “a few million dollars” on “scholarships/vouchers — whatever you want to call them — as a pilot program because, why not.”…

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In New Jersey, oversight of higher education is up in the air

Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau

Unions representing employees at colleges and universities say Christie has ignored the law that empowered the commission.

“What we considered to be the practice of democracy seems to be breaking down,” Susanna Tardi, a professor at William Paterson University and executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers in New Jersey, which represents faculty and other staff.…

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New Jersey public colleges’ tuition rises 4 percent on average

By DIANE D’AMICO Education Writer

Undergraduate tuition and fees at the state’s 10 public colleges will increase an average of 4 percent for the 2011-12 academic year, data compiled by The Press of Atlantic City show.

With no state legislative cap on tuition this year, the increases range from 1.6 percent at Rutgers University to 7.2 percent at New Jersey City University.…

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Rutgers faculty decry spending on athletics

The Record

The faculty union at Rutgers University is crying foul after a report this week that the school’s athletic department got $27 million in annual subsidies while pay for professors and staff was frozen and student fees were hiked.

Rutgers’ drive to build a big-time football program has soaked up considerable resources over the past decade.…

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N.J. teachers getting smaller raises, study says

Jeanette Rundquist/The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — Average pay raises for teachers dropped this year to their lowest ever, the result of the poor economy, a 2 percent cap on property tax increases and the lingering effects of last year’s record cuts in school aid, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association.

In a preliminary analysis of 2011-12 teacher contracts, the association found the average teacher will receive a 3.19 percent raise this year, compared to 3.47 percent last year.…

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Teacher Contract Talks: Slow Going, Small Raises

A third of school districts will be starting out the year without a contract in place
By John Mooney, August 17 in Education

Against the backdrop of New Jersey’s battles over union rights and collective bargaining, tensions are playing out in local teacher contract talks, too.

More than a third — or nearly 210 at last count — of the state’s school districts will be starting the year without contracts, according to the school boards association in its annual labor update to be released today.…

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Rutgers Athletics Grow at Expense of Academics

Rutgers Grows Athletics, Trims Academics
By Curtis Eichelberger and Oliver Staley – Aug 16, 2011 12:00 AM ET

Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) — Rutgers University students and alumni talk about about the New Jersey state university’s increased funding for its sports programs amid cuts in the school’s academic budget. The 245-year-old university spent more money on athletics than any other public institution in the six biggest football conferences during the 2009-2010 fiscal year, based on data compiled by Bloomberg.…

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Can Teachers Alone Overcome Poverty? Steven Brill Thinks So

Dana Goldstein
This article appeared in the August 29-September 5, 2011 edition of The Nation.
Steven Brill, the journalist and media entrepreneur, has come a long way since he helicoptered onto the education beat in 2009.

That’s when The New Yorker published Brill’s exposé of the New York City “rubber rooms,” where the Department of Education parked the one-twentieth of 1 percent of the city’s 80,000 public school teachers—about forty people—who had been accused of gross negligence and removed from the classroom.…

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Newark School Board Votes to Fight State Control of Schools

Acting commissioner Chris Cerf extends olive branch, willing to discuss “orderly transition”
By John Mooney

It took an extra week, but Newark’s school board last night finally met and voted unanimously to formally contest the state’s ongoing control of its schools.

Yet almost at the same time, New Jersey’s acting education commissioner, Chris Cerf, extended an olive branch and said in an interview that he would be willing to sit with the board to discuss the ongoing tensions and the ultimate possibility of what he called an “orderly transition.”…

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United Nations Leader Calls for ‘Intellectual Social Responsibility’

Calling for “intellectual social responsibility,” the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on Wednesday urged academics to focus their research and teaching to help solve global issues, reports Yonhap News Agency, the official news agency of South Korea. “Today, we are facing more complex and interconnected problems that cause so much suffering. And the responsibility to solve major problems lies on intellectuals,” he said during a speech in Seoul to the U.N.…

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Debt deal could hurt college students

Written by Bonnie Delaney | Staff Writer
Holmdel, NJ- 05/18/11- The 78th annual commencement of Monmouth University takes place at PNC Bank Arts Center on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Graduates enter the center for the ceremony._DOUG HOOD/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Holmdel, NJ- 05/18/11- The 78th annual commencement of Monmouth University takes place at PNC Bank Arts Center on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Graduates enter the center for the ceremony._DOUG HOOD/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / DOUG HOOD/ASBURY PARK PRESS

The recent debt crisis is likely to make it even more difficult for college students to pay for their education, according to officials at several New Jersey universities.…

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