Groundbreaking Newark teacher contract good for teachers, kids: Editorial

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

Joseph Del Grosso, President of the Newark Teachers Union/American Federation of Teachers and Cami Anderson, Superintendent of the Newark Public Schools sign a tentative agreement on a new contract. The event took place at Brick Peshine school on Oct. 18. The new agreement will go into effect June 30, 2015.
Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger The long fight to improve public schools in Newark faces a crucial crossroads tomorrow, when teachers will vote on a breakthrough contract that could finally bring fundamental change.…

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Contract With Merit Pay, Backed by Union Chiefs, Is Tough Sell for Newark Teachers

By Kate Zernike

NEWARK — On one side of the table was the union firebrand Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. On the other was the state education commissioner handpicked by Gov. Chris Christie, who became a star among fellow Republicans for aggressively taking on public employee unions.

During months of intense and late-night negotiations for a new teachers contract for the chronically troubled Newark school system, the parties settled on what they believed would be a landmark compromise.…

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Report Says College Prices, Once Stable, Are Up Again

By Richard Perez-Pena

The prices that most people actually pay for college, which had remained stable for several years, are on the rise again, as tuition and other cost increases outpace financial aid awards, the College Board reported on Wednesday.

The average price of tuition, fees, room and board, after financial aid and tuition tax credits are deducted, has reached $12,110 at public four-year colleges for in-state students and $23,840 at private nonprofit institutions.…

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Tuition at N.J.’s public colleges, universities third highest in the nation

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer. The Record.

Tuition at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities is the third highest in the nation, averaging $12,399, according to a report from the College Board released Wednesday.

That price tag — $3,744 above the national average — is up 13 percent over the past five years, as is tuition at the state’s community colleges, which now averages $4,218, according to the report, titled “Trends in College Pricing 2012-2013.”…

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Sticker Prices Go Up at Public 4-Year Colleges, but at a Slower Pace

By Beckie Supiano

This year’s report from the College Board on college pricing opens with what passes for good news: The annual increase in average published tuition and fees for in-state students at four-year public colleges, 4.8 percent, is smaller than it has been in more than a decade. At private nonprofit four-year colleges, the increase was 4.2 percent, according to “Trends in College Pricing,” released along with a companion report, “Trends in Student Aid,” by the College Board on Wednesday.…

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Why Do Some of America’s Wealthiest Individuals Have Fingers in Louisiana’s Education System?

By Matthew Cunningham-Cook

Last fall, a coterie of extremely wealthy billionaires, among them New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, turned the races for unpaid positions on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) into some of the most expensive in the state’s history. Seven pro-education “reform” candidates for the BESE outraised eight candidates endorsed by the teacher’s unions by $2,386,768 to $199,878, a ratio of nearly twelve to one.…

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Newark teachers blast historic salary contract signed by union leaders

By Jessica Calefati/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK — Leaders of the Newark Teachers Union faced a barrage of criticism from rank and file members tonight over the historic three-year contract signed Friday that, for the first time, will offer annual bonuses of up to $12,500 to top teachers.

Many of the teachers and school employees who spoke during the meeting at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center urged fellow members to reject the contract when it is voted on by the union’s 3,300 members on Monday.…

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$750M bond for N.J. colleges would be too much debt: Opinion

By Michael Doherty

On Nov. 6, New Jersey voters should vote no on Public Question No. 1, which seeks authorization for the state government to borrow $750 million “to build, equip and expand higher education facilities.”

The New Jersey Constitution does not allow our state government to borrow money unless the voters approve. As a result, the Legislature was forced to put the $750 million borrowing plan on the ballot.…

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Facebook Foundation Turns Corner with Contribution to Newark Contract

On eve of agreement, head of Foundation for Newark’s Future talks about organization’s work so far

By John Mooney

The Foundation for Newark’s Future, the organization created to distribute Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark schools, hasn’t exactly set the world ablaze.

Slow and methodical may be the best way to characterize its two-year ramp-up.…

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Lawmakers seek to end N.J. takeover of schools

By Nick Clunn, Staff Writer. The Record.

Paterson would gain control of its public school system for the first time in 21 years under legislation introduced by Democrats that also would limit future state takeovers to five years, lawmakers announced Friday.

“It’s time for the state to admit that the prolonged takeover of a local school district is a failed experiment, and it’s time to return the school districts that have languished under state control back to the people in those school districts,” said state Sen.…

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