Rutgers boards approve historic UMDNJ merger

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

Rutgers University’s two governing boards approved a historic merger with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey today, consenting to bring together two of the state’s largest institutions.

The 11-member Rutgers Board of Governors and 59-member Board of Trustees spent 90 minutes reviewing the financial and academic implications of the merger before voting in a rare joint meeting in Winants Hall in New Brunswick.…

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Newark Contract Marks High Point of Christie Education Agenda

Most recent deal could be last major victory as election year looms
By John Mooney

Gov. Chris Christie clearly placed education at the top of his priorities from the day he was elected three years ago, making his very first stop a Newark charter school and promising a host of reforms to come.

Since that day, the governor has left a strong and often controversial stamp on school policies and practices.…

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Christie: Newark teachers’ contract a model for US

By Samantha Henry, The Associated Press.

NEWARK, N.J. – A new teachers’ contract in New Jersey’s largest city, funded in part by a donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, should be a model for the nation on how to remake a struggling public school system through private-public partnership, Gov. Chris Christie said Friday.

Christie, visiting a Newark school with education and union officials, called the signing of a new teacher contract in Newark “the most gratifying day of my governorship, by far.”…

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The People’s Priorities

By Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers.

As lawmakers turn from the November elections to the work of balancing the federal budget, it’s necessary to reflect on the messages that voters conveyed. Americans expect our leaders to make our economy work for working families, invest in education and healthcare, rebuild the middle class, fight for good jobs and oppose efforts to strip Americans of their rights.…

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Rutgers’ governing boards are poised to officially approve university merger plan

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer. The Record.

Rutgers University’s governing boards on Monday are expected to officially approve the medical school merger that will boost the state university’s size and stature, catapulting it into the top tier of research institutions nationwide.

The vote is the last procedural hurdle before Rutgers can legally absorb most of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey beginning in July.…

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Governor Christie hopes Newark teachers bonuses will serve as model for the state

By Leslie Brody, Staff Writer. The Record.

Governor Christie on Friday called for schools across New Jersey and the nation to emulate the performance-pay provisions in Newark’s new teachers’ contract, but some skeptics were asking how other districts could afford to follow suit.

About $50 million of a 2010 gift from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg helped pay for provisions in the five-year contract, including higher base salaries for all Newark teachers plus annual raises for teachers who are rated well under a new evaluation system.…

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Newark teacher contract puts city at forefront of education reform: Editorial

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

All eyes were on Newark teachers last week as they voted on a contract that could put the city on the vanguard of the national reform movement. They responded decisively, in a lopsided vote with 62 percent in favor.

The contract provides bonuses to the best teachers while freezing the pay of those who are repeatedly ineffective.…

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AFT Food Drive, Supporting Our Communities Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

More than 100 AFT members came together with the New Jersey State AFL-CIO yesterday in Hazlet to collect and deliver needed relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Teams of union members unloaded the truck of supplies with the upbeat spirit that only comes from serving the community. AFT Executive Vice President Francine Lawrence and AFT-New Jersey President, Donna Chiera discuss the labor movement’s response to Hurricane Sandy yesterday in Hazlet.…

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Gov. Christie touts signing of landmark Newark teachers contract in morning show appearance

By Jenna Portnoy/Statehouse Bureau

Gov. Chris Christie in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning touted the signing of a landmark Newark Teachers Union contract .

The three-year deal, approved this week by about 60 percent of the membership, will be the first in the state and one of the first in the nation to base teacher pay on classroom performance, including student progress.…

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Christie, teachers unions agree on merit pay for Newark teachers

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Newark teachers will be paid on merit, giving teachers who ace their evaluations bonuses of up to $12,500, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten announced on Morning Joe on Friday morning.…

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Building Trades hotline for those in need of help clearing their homes, businesses

Call 732-499-0100 To Request Help

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney today announced that he has partnered with the New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council to implement a hotline homeowners and business owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy can call to request clean-up assistance from qualified tradesmen and women.

The New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council represents union bricklayers, carpenters, masons, electricians, ironworkers, laborers, plumbers and roofers, among others.…

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Newark Teachers Approve Tentative Agreement

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Newark, N.J.— Members of the Newark Teachers Union, in a 1,767 to 1,088 vote Wednesday night, approved a groundbreaking agreement with the Newark Public Schools that focuses on improved teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining talented teachers, and rewarding educators based on performance and experience.

“This agreement puts us on the road to making teaching a respected profession in which teachers have a say in their own destiny and are rewarded for good performance and experience,” said NTU President Joseph Del Grosso.…

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Newark, N.J., Teachers Ratify Contract

AFT’s Weingarten: “This agreement ensures that teacher voice, quality and experience are aligned with increased professionalism and better compensation.”

WASHINGTON—By a healthy margin, members of the Newark (N.J.) Teachers Union tonight ratified a tentative agreement with the Newark Public Schools that recognizes the importance of teacher voice, experience and the professional work teachers do.

The ratification vote was originally scheduled for Oct.…

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