It’s Slow Going On Education Policy As Trenton Action Stalls Before Election

By John Mooney

Not much is moving forward as New Jersey enters stretch of busy election season

A state Board of Education meeting with virtually no agenda. Charter-school approvals that go unannounced. A slew of expected reports and initiatives that suddenly take a bit longer than anticipated.

Election season is nearing the finish line, and the slow pace of state education policy is certainly a reflection.…

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Reward Amid Controversy

By Ry Rivard


Adrienne Eaton, the past president of the American Association of University Professors chapter at Rutgers, wondered if Barchi deserved a bonus for the state-mandated merger with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which may have been part of the reason Rutgers went with Barchi, a neurosurgeon, rather than a more traditional choice, she said.…

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Two Private Schools In Newark Ask Permission To Become Charters

By John Mooney

Four other organizations also seeking state Department of Education’s expedited go-ahead for schools

Two more private schools are bidding to become public charter schools in the latest round of charter applications in New Jersey.

Six applications in all were submitted to the state Department of Education by Tuesday’s deadline in an expedited review process meant exclusively for established schools or organizations seeking to become new charter schools.…

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Tax-exempt colleges contribute in other ways, report says

By Susan Synder, Inquirer Staff Writers.

Philadelphia’s universities, which are largely exempt from paying property taxes, are fighting back against the idea that they should make payments to the city to help with its school funding crisis and other needs.

A universities-commissioned report to be released Thursday says 12 of the city’s universities collectively produce an economic impact of $10.9 billion.…

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Some N.J. private schools for disabled students cashing in on taxpayers

By Christopher Baxter/The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — The payroll at Somerset Hills School reads like a family tree, with 10 relatives sprinkled throughout. Four of them earn six-figure salaries.

The cafeteria serves up a nice profit, paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for food to a company founded and owned by the school’s executive director.

Even the land and buildings are worth big bucks.…

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Faculty Pushback on Online Deal

By Carl Straumsheim

The effort to offer more graduate degree programs online at Rutgers University at New Brunswick hit a snag on Wednesday, as faculty members in the Graduate School voted to block new programs from being approved. While faculty union representatives claim a “slam-dunk victory” against corporatization, the rest of the university plans to proceed.…

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Debate Highlights Booker’s Complex Relationship With Newark Schools

By John Mooney

Lonegan hammers dropout rates while ad suggests too much of the Zuckerberg gift is going to consultants.

Cory Booker couldn’t have summed up better his enigmatic role in Newark public schools than his response to a question about education at the U.S. Senate debate this week.

The Newark mayor looked into the camera and said: “Even though I have no formal authority over public education in Newark whatsoever .…

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Rutgers study compares racial divide in N.J. schools to ‘apartheid’

By Leslie Brody, Staff Writer, The Record.

A new Rutgers University report on so-called apartheid schools in New Jersey says that 26 percent of black students and 13 percent of Latino students attend schools where 1 percent or fewer of the students are white.

The study argues that although New Jersey is a wealthy, mostly suburban state with a tradition of strong public schools, its black students face more extreme segregation than blacks in the South, where segregation was long mandated by law.…

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Obit with arrangement information: Raymond A. Peterson, teacher, former state President

“Ray Peterson represented AFTNJ with dignity and integrity within the labor community and in Trenton. He was a true gentleman. AFTNJ is so indebted to Ray that we give a Ray Peterson ‘Friend of Labor’ award at every convention, recognizing those who make important contributions to the labor movement. However, we should probably retitle that award, because Ray was more than just a friend, he is a true ‘champion of labor.'”…

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Rutgers professors fight deal to offer online degrees, citing ‘academic freedom’ concerns

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

PISCATAWAY — Rutgers University faculty members are fighting a lucrative, seven-year deal the school signed with Pearson eCollege earlier this year to dramatically boost the number of classes and degree programs offered online.

Under the contract, Rutgers and the private company are scheduled to split tuition from students who sign up for online classes taught through Pearson’s online site.…

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Debate Report Card: Final Question Addresses Issue of School Vouchers

By John Mooney

Christie calls them necessary antidote to ‘failure factories,’ while Buono says desperately needed funds are being diverted

Through nearly two dozen questions, there was no mention of public schools during last night’s debate between Gov. Chris Christie and state Sen. Barbara Buono.

But in the penultimate question, the candidates were asked about Christie’s support for school vouchers through the proposed Opportunity Scholarship Act and Buono’s opposition to that legislation.…

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A look at area colleges’ enrollment trends

By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer

With the fall semester well underway, South Jersey community colleges and universities are reporting enrollment numbers that reflect national trends.

The two-year colleges report a decline as the economy strengthens and many adults prefer to earn a paycheck.

“We are a counter-cyclical industry,” said David Baime, a senior vice president of the American Association of Community Colleges who acts as the organization’s chief lobbyist.…

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