Reorganization a first step towards prioritizing student success and medical care

June 28, 2012
Nat Bender, Communications Director
American Federation of Teachers NJ
(908) 377-0393.

Group representing doctors, nurses, faculty and all levels of staff calls for increased financial support for higher education to accompany implementation

TRENTON, N.J.—Representatives of the doctors, nurses, professors and all levels of higher education workers publically supported the amended version of legislation to merge UMDNJ into Rutgers when outstanding governance issues in South Jersey were resolved in a way that preserves the independence and integrity of Rutgers University and its Camden and Newark campuses, as well as Rowan University.…

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AFTNJ Wisconsin Report Back

AFTNJ Research Analyst Tom Peretti recently returned from the community and labor campaign to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The recall was prompted by Gov. Walker’s decision to effectively repeal collective bargaining rights for public employees, only allowing their unions to negotiate for base wages. This sparked a massive response from the citizens of Wisconsin, the birthplace of public sector collective bargaining, who showed up by the tens of thousands at the state capitol in Madison to protest the new law.

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Q and A about Tenure Rights and the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of NJ Act (TEACH)

1. How would the TEACH NJ act change the process for new teachers to earn tenure?
If enacted, TEACH would:
• Pair new teachers with an experienced teacher for a “mentorship year” prior to a three-year tenure review, extending the tenure process to four years.
• Require an “effective” or “highly effective” rating for at least two of the three years after the mentorship year to earn tenure.…

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Englewood charter teachers and staff ratify first contract

Teachers at Englewood on the Palisades Charter School ratified their first contract Thursday, June 21, negotiating changes in the school’s schedule they believe will benefit students. The negotiating team of the New Jersey Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff held that merely adding days to the school year and hours to the school day did not prove to be beneficial to the students.…

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Press release: State Teachers Federation Commends ‘Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey Act,’ Calls for Improvement in Appeals Process Language

Clarification of Scope of Appeal Process Would Make Legislation Stronger

EDISON, N.J.—The American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ) supports S. 1455, the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey Act, AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera said today. “Changes of this magnitude are never easy. We applaud the authors of the bill, particularly Sen.…

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Proponents hustle to move N.J. university merger bill

By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press.

TRENTON — Proponents of an ambitious plan to restructure higher education in New Jersey are scrambling to get the measure through both houses of the Legislature and to the governor’s desk by week’s end.

The bill creates a quasi-merger between Rowan University and Rutgers’ Camden campus, and dissolves the University of Medicine and Dentistry, transferring most of it to Rutgers.…

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Fights loom for Christie, N.J. Dems

By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau.

TRENTON – On a day so busy that the Statehouse cafeteria stayed open an extra three hours for hungry lobbyists who were monitoring dozens of bills, Democrats scampered in and out of meetings to try to put together a $31.7 billion budget to send to Gov. Christie.

Turns out, they also needed to put out a fire that began Thursday and lasted well into Friday afternoon.…

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Richardson School employee placed on administrative leave for allegedly selling alcohol from his vehicle

Donna Chiera, president of Perth Amboy Federation/AFT, which represents teachers and other district employees, said by law Muniz was placed on administrative leave by the schools superintendent. She said this occurred about a week ago.

“It is our understanding he was placed on administrative leave because it is no longer an issue of school discipline but a legal issue.…

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For Duquesne Professors, a Union Fight That Transcends Religion

By Mark Oppenheimer.

“Union busting is a mortal sin,” the Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice said in a 2010 statement on the indispensable role of unions. And while the church hierarchy has never quite put it that way, workers’ right to unionize is an issue on which church teachings are pretty clear.

In 1891, Pope Leo XIII wrote that the proliferation of unions was “greatly to be desired.”…

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Try again on flawed Rutgers plan

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board.

The state Senate plans to vote tomorrow on its schizophrenic reconstruction of Rutgers University. It’s a wobbly train moving way too fast. It’s time, finally, to slam on the brakes.

The core of this plan makes great sense. Allowing Rutgers to absorb the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey strengthens the state university.…

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Democrats split on school merger plan

The shift by two party members makes it almost certain that the N.J. bill will pass.

By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press.

TRENTON – A far-reaching plan to overhaul New Jersey’s higher education system will be heard in the Assembly next week, as a faction of Democrats trying to delay the fast-moving legislation fractured Friday.

The Assembly Budget Committee will hear the bill Monday, along with a companion measure that would ask voters to approve $750 million in borrowing for higher education.…

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Democratic division: Assembly to weigh budget with higher education overhaul, despite group’s protests

By Jarrett Renshaw/Statehouse Bureau.

TRENTON — The Assembly Budget Committee will consider the sweeping and controversial overhaul of the state’s colleges and medical schools on Monday, setting the state for a potential showdown between leadership and a gang of nine Democrats who are seeking to put the breaks on the measure.

Dubbed the “Cryan Nine,” the bloc of Assembly Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) Thursday advising her that they will withhold their support of the party’s budget proposal unless the reorganization plan is shelved until later in the year.…

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Teaching resources: Share My Lesson

Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to create and share their very best teaching resources. Developed by teachers for teachers, this free platform gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other.

Share My Lesson has a significant resource bank for Common Core State Standards, covering all aspects of the standards, from advice and guides to help with dedicated resources that support the standards.…

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N.J. budget may snag on controversy over colleges

By Matt Katzand James Osborne, Inquirer Trenton Bureau.

TRENTON – The state’s proposed $32 billion budget got caught up in anxieties over the overhaul of New Jersey’s universities Thursday, as a group of Democratic lawmakers threatened to buck their party unless adoption of the university plan was postponed.

Nine Democrats, led by former Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan of Union County, told their leaders they wanted to vote on the reorganization of the state’s higher education system in the fall instead of next week.…

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