Taking Your Medicine: The Politics of North and South

Giving Rutgers its own medical school was the easy part. Will Christie go for a University of South Jersey? And what happens to what’s left of UMDNJ?
By Mark J. Magyar

This is the second article in a two-part series

For Gov. Chris Christie, deciding to merge Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the School of Public Health, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey into Rutgers University to give the state’s flagship university its own medical school was the easy decision.…

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Groups linked to Booker, Cerf received nearly one-third of first $13M of Facebook donation to Newark schools

Groups linked to Booker, Cerf received nearly one-third of first $13M of Facebook donation to Newark schools

NEWARK — One of every three dollars of private money spent so far in Newark’s bid to reform its schools has gone to consultants and contractors, many with ties to Mayor Cory Booker and acting state Education Commissioner Chris Cerf, records show.…

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Taking Your Medicine: Realigning New Jersey’s Medical Schools

Rutgers is getting the medical school it needs to compete for major grants, but questions remain about the future of UMDNJ and University Hospital in Newark, and the medical schools in South Jersey.
By Mark J. Magyar

This is the first article in a two-part series.

Nine years ago, a blue-ribbon commission recommended merging Rutgers University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology into a single research university that could compete more effectively for major federal grants and the jobs they would create.…

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Union president: On contract dispute, ‘we’re not far apart’ from Raritan Valley college

By Melinda Caliendo
The union representing faculty and adjunct staff at Raritan Valley Community College held a rally and spoke at the board of trustees meeting Tuesday night in hopes of demonstrating the need to complete the contract negotiations that started this spring.

The American Federation of Teachers Local 2375, which represents more than 400 educators at the school, also issued a press release asking the college’s administration to sit down for “good faith” bargaining.…

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Rise in Sticker Price at Public Colleges Outpaces That at Private Colleges for 5th Year in a Row

By Beckie Supiano

The State of California enrolls about 10 percent of the country’s full-time students attending public four-year colleges, and about 15 percent of those at public two-year colleges. So when the state’s public colleges have a big tuition hike—as they did this year—it has a big impact on the average tuition increase at public colleges across the country, says a new report from the College Board.…

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Shared sacrifice: A call for fairness at Raritan Valley CC

By Maria DeFilippis – AFT Local 2375

Hello Blue Jersey community. My name is Maria DeFilippis, President of AFT Local #2375 representing the full and part time faculty at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). As we currently work through contract negotiations, I wanted to introduce you to our situation and hopefully enlist your support and guidance as we move forward in bargaining for a fair contract for our members.…

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Education officials continue to block ACLU suit over transparency in $100M Facebook donation to Newark schools

Jessica Calefati/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK — Education officials from Newark and the state continue to block a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that could reveal new details about the genesis of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark’s schools.

The City of Newark recently asked the court to dismiss an open records lawsuit filed by the ACLU in August that seeks e-mails and other correspondence about the donation.…

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In search for new Rutgers president, questions at public forum reveal wide swath of desires for candidates

[…] The new president will take over at a complex time for the university. Rutgers officials are pushing to get their own medical school in a merger with part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Rutgers is also facing shrinking state funding, budget cuts and overcrowding. University officials are in an dispute with their unions, including faculty unions, over a pay freeze.…

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Afterschool Fund Falls Victim to Line-Item Veto, Battered Economy

New Jersey After 3, which once funded programs for thousands of kids, to go dark.
By John Mooney

New Jersey After 3, the statewide program that funded afterschool for thousands of New Jersey students, has told sponsors and supporters that it will cease operations next week.

The program, established in 2004, steadily saw its state funding cut in the past three years.…

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