Take Action: Tell NJTV to Tell Both Sides of the Story

NJTV’s narrative of its April 26 news broadcasts describes a segment:  “Professors protest at New Jersey’s universities, ” but the voices of the faculty, staff and students are excluded from the actual broadcast. Instead there is a five-minute interview with the William Paterson University President, whose representatives are making unreasonable demands of the education workers at the bargaining table.
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Rutgers University-Rowan Unversity plan can’t fly as is

By Gloucester County Times Editorial Board

Apparently, fools really do rush in where angels fear to tread.

The uproar over Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed “merger” — a takeover, actually — of the Camden campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, by state-related Rowan University illustrates why politics and education don’t mix.

In January, Christie announced a limited realignment of the state’s higher education facilities which would grant control of the troubled University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to Rutgers and, in some kind of trade-off, give Rutgers-Camden to Rowan.…

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Gov. Christie, Cory Booker to deliver addresses at school choice conference in Jersey City

By The Associated Press

JERSEY CITY —Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker are the headliners at a national conference on school choice scheduled for this week in Jersey City.
Both men are scheduled to speak at the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice’s major meeting. The groups advocate for giving parents more school options for their children.…

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Norcross: RU merger deal due by July 1

Written by Carol Comegno, Staff Writer

South Jersey’s most influential Democrat predicted Friday that an agreement will be reached by July 1 on a controversial merger proposal for Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University.

George E. Norcross III told the Courier-Post editorial board that the agreement would include the Rutgers board of governors, Rowan administration and state legislators, hinting a union may take a different form than the proposal advanced by Gov.…

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Rutgers students again occupy president’s office

Police remove protestors of university-associated labor rights organization
Written by Bob Makin, Staff Writer
NEW BRUNSWICK — At a meeting last week, students were unable convince outgoing Rutgers University President Richard McCormick to disaffiliate with a labor rights organization because he said he thought it was doing a good job with an electronics manufacturer called Foxconn.…

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College spent $15K to probe grading

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer. The Record

Bergen Community College has spent more than $15,000 on an investigation into whether proper procedures were followed in changing grades.

Peter Helff, a math professor and outspoken union leader, said at least 15 teachers and administrators, including him, were interviewed for the probe.

Robert Fagella of Newark, Helff’s attorney, said he was told that the probe was a “general investigation” on grading and that it did not focus on any particular person or incident.

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College of New Jersey professors rally to protest contract dispute

By David Karas/The Times

College of New Jersey professors protest during 'Day of Action' over contract dispute
Hundreds of professors and professional staffers participated in a Day of Action on the TCNJ campus Thursday to rally support for their ongoing contract negotiations with the state. AFT members have been without a contract for a year now.

EWING — With shouts of solidarity and calls for fairness, several hundred professors and professional staffers at The College of New Jersey wore their blue union shirts and assembled for a rally yesterday to rouse support for stalled contract negotiations.…

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Braun: N.J. school privatization debate rages on, leaving parents in the dark

ByBob Braun/Star-Ledger Columnist

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John O’Boyle/The Star-LedgerGov. Chris Christie is shown talking at the Robert Treat Academy in Newark in this file photo.

HIGHLAND PARK — Marilyn Valentine of Franklin Township was one of the few African-Americans in the audience the other night at Highland Park’s Bartle School. She came to hear a panel discussion about charter schools.…

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Video: AFL-CIO joins TCNJ contract rally

Thousands of union members and student turned out fighting for a fair contract and funding for higher education at state colleges and universities this week.

The state and school presidents are calling for a four-year pay freeze, elimination of sabbaticals, and would make faculty and staff use their vacation days whenever the school decides to close.…

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Two Parties Find a Way to Agree, and Disagree, on Student Loan Rates

Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
President Obama aboard Air Force One Wednesday on his way to the University of Iowa. Mr. Obama has been barnstorming swing states in support of an extension for lower student loan rates.

By Peter Baker and Jennifer Steinhauer

IOWA CITY — As President Obama wrapped up a barnstorming tour of college campuses in swing states on Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans agreed that they wanted to avoid a steep increase in the student loan interest rate this summer.…

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