Newark Union Head Barely Wins Re-Election After Zuckerberg-Donation-Funded Reform Plan

By Josh Eidelson

Public school teachers cheer at a rally of thousands of teachers outside the Chicago Board of Education district headquarters on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.(AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

Eight months after negotiating “performance bonuses” funded by a Facebook fortune, Newark Teachers Union President Joseph Del Grosso was re-elected Tuesday by a margin of nine votes.…

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Effort to eliminate Rutgers Board of Trustees runs into roadblock

By Kelly Heyboer and Matt Friedman/ The Star-Ledger

PISCATAWAY — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s attempt to pass a law eliminating the Rutgers Board of Trustees ran into a legal wall today when experts in the Legislature’s non-partisan legislative services office determined the university board may have to consent to its own demise.

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Rutgers’ faculty union sent an e-mail to the school’s professors Wednesday calling on them to phone and e-mail lawmakers to quash the “over-hasty measure.”…

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Lacking Definitive Ruling on Affirmative Action, Both Sides Claim Victory

By John Schwartz and Richard Perez- Pena

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to send a thorny affirmative action case back to the lower courts for additional review left both sides claiming victory on Monday.

Students and visitors on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on Monday.
Civil rights groups that favor race-conscious admissions cheered the ruling, arguing that the court had upheld its 2003 decision in Grutter v.…

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Longtime Newark Teachers Union Chief Ekes Out Election to 10th Term

Upstart ‘New Vision’ slate nearly ousts longtime president, gains majority on union’s executive board

By John Mooney

Still outspoken, if no longer quite as militant, Joseph Del Grosso has been the president of the Newark Teachers Union – the state’s largest teachers local — for 18 years, for a total of nine terms in all.

Yesterday, he barely made it to his 10th term.…

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Study: Charter schools are improving, but performance still close to public schools

By Jeanette Rundquist/The Star-Ledger

Students in charter schools fared better than those in traditional public schools in some states — including New Jersey — but a majority of charters across the United States still deliver no better education than traditional public schools in reading, and 40 percent are about the same in math, according to a new study released Tuesday by researchers at Stanford University.…

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Facebook’s restrictions on Newark school grant tied to district leadership

By John Mooney
[…] Joseph Del Grosso, the president of the Newark Teachers Union, which reached the labor contract agreement with the district, said not all retroactive pay has gone out yet and that the payments remain subject to a labor grievance. The two sides are still arguing over whether teachers who retired in the last two years will receive retroactive pay, he said.…

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Editorial: N.J. students seeking citizenship should be granted in-state college tuition rates

Though previous efforts have foundered, the state Assembly is trying again on a measure to allow the children of undocumented immigrants to qualify for the in-state tuition rates at New Jersey’s colleges.

The Assembly Budget Committee advanced the Tuition Equality Act this month, positioning it for consideration by the full Assembly, though it was quietly pulled from yesterday’s voting agenda.…

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N.J. bill to grant in-state tuition for students in the country illegally stalls

By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — A bill to allow students living in the country illegally to pay in-state tuition at the New Jersey’s public colleges and universities has stalled amid political concerns and technical issues.

The Tuition Equality Act (A4225) was initially included on the list of bills to be voted on by the full Assembly today, after it was approved last week by the budget committee.…

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ACLU files lawsuit to block two NJ religious colleges from higher education bond money

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed a lawsuit today to stop the state from giving more than $11 million in construction funds to two religious colleges.

The money is slated to go to Beth Medrash Govoha, a Lakewood school that trains orthodox Jewish rabbis, and Princeton Theological Seminary, a school that trains Christian ministers.…

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Booker brings education ideas to NJ Senate race

By Angela Delli Santi,  Associated Press

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He’s also benefited from decisions to stay neutral by New Jersey Education Association, the state’s biggest and most powerful teachers union, and the American Federation of Teachers, the predominant teachers union in Newark.

The teachers’ endorsements probably would have gone to Rep. Frank Pallone, a staunch labor supporter or Rush Holt, a former research scientist.…

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Student Debt and Dwindling Public Resources for Higher Education Threaten Americans’ Access to College, AFT Report Finds

WASHINGTON—As education leaders across the nation are calling on Congress to act before July 1 to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling, a new report released today by the American Federation of Teachers warns that the combination of massive student debt and public disinvestment in higher education threatens Americans’ ability to gain access to and successfully complete college.…

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New Rutgers-Newark leader to be among highest-paid at university

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor will take a major pay cut when she becomes head of Rutgers-Newark next year, but will still be among the highest-paid officials at the state university, according to details in her hiring letter.

Rutgers officials released Cantor’s two-page hiring agreement today after she was officially named to the post during the Rutgers Board of Governors meeting in New Brunswick.…

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Controversial teacher prep ranking gives top grades to Kean, Rutgers-Camden, Seton Hall

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

Kean University, Rutgers-Camden and Seton Hall University were among the schools earning top marks in a controversial new ranking of training programs that found most U.S. colleges are doing a dismal job of preparing the next generation of teachers.

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Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, called the report’s four-star rating system a gimmick.…

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