Take Action to Protect School Funding

Dear Public Education Supporter,
Please to ask your legislators to protect our school funding!
New Jersey Education Commissioner Cerf has proposed to cut state aid significantly for:

  • low-income children;
  • children who are learning English; and
  • children with special needs.

These cuts affect almost every school district in the state, especially since the number of low-income and immigrant children and children with special needs is growing all over New Jersey.…

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College Council Adjunct Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement with state

After over a year of difficult negotiations with the State and the State College/University presidents, the Council of New Jersey State College Locals reached a tentative agreement late Friday, January 25. This agreement provides for a per credit hour base salary increase of 8.33% for more than four thousand adjunct faculty over the life of the Agreement.…

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Union Leadership Academy Spring classes

The Union Leadership Academy (ULA) is an education-based training program targeted toward union officials, members, and anyone else who may be interested in learning from the course material. The purpose of the program is to enhance the knowledge of our students and create more effective ways to represent the members and their interests/concerns. Each course is designed in a way so that the students will become completely competent on the material covered during the six weeks; therefore, they will be able to present what they have learned to their local, ultimately teaching their members and sharing beneficial information they gained through classes.…

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Newark Parents and Activists Take School Closure Complaint to D.C. for Civil Rights Hearing

Complaint contends that Christie’s school turnaround plan does nothing for poor black and Hispanic students

By John Mooney

Sharon Smith, activist and mother of three, who filed the Newark civil rights complaint.
Forty Newark parents and activists boarded a charter bus to Washington, D.C., late yesterday to join in what is becoming a growing backlash to public school closures in cities across the country.…

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Christie Gets Tougher With Charter School Teachers

According to the administration, making it more difficult for charter teachers to earn tenure gives the schools themselves “more flexibility”

By John Mooney

Soon after proposing that certification rules for new charter school teachers should be eased, the Christie administration is moving to toughen what it takes those teachers to get and keep tenure.

In a proposal posted on the New Jersey Register this month, the administration has suggested that new teachers at charter schools would receive tenure protections after five years — a year more than the current four years for district teachers.…

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Montclair local supporting students


On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, American Federation of Teachers Local 1904 at Montclair State University hosted a pizza party for students who live on campus and didn’t go home during the winter break. At the party, faculty, professional staff and librarians provided 30 pizzas and distributed 130 care packages to students in the multi-purpose room.
For a variety of reasons, some students remain on campus during the winter break.
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Why Aren’t We Asking Teachers How They Would Improve Our Schools?

By Kenneth J. Bernstein

Too many teachers’ voices have been excluded from the decision making process driving our educational policy.

We were sitting in a Starbucks in Arlington, Va. It was our first meeting. Previously, Iowa governor Tom Vilsack and I had talked by phone and exchanged blog posts on education. His campaign staff had reached out to a number of educational bloggers, as he was seriously considering running for president and thought education was a good issue for him.…

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Teachers, students left in the dark after last minute class cancellations by Kean Univ.

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer

UNION COUNTY — Kean University abruptly canceled 500 classes, and then reinstated 130, leaving students and professors scrambling to figure out what to do before the term begins next week.

The class cancellations are not only an 11th-hour hitch that complicates the spring semester, but also could result in some Kean students not being able to graduate on time.…

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