Rutgers’ non-tenured professors vote on deal for better titles, longer contracts

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — After months of negotiations over pay and work conditions, the union representing Rutgers University’s non tenure-track instructors and professors began voting today to approve a new hiring agreement, campus officials said.

The group — which represents nearly 900 instructors and research professors on one-year or multi-year contracts — had been asking for salary increases and better job titles in sometimes-tense talks with university administrators.…

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Fight Over School Closings in Newark, Other Cities Heads to Legislative Arena

By John Mooney

Bill spurred by ongoing controversy would require local approval of plans to shut or sell buildings

Newark’s fight over school closures is heading to the Legislature, as a bill was introduced yesterday that would require explicit local approval of any closing of a school in the state-controlled district — or in any district in the state.…

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GOP’s Enron-esque Higher Ed Plan: Fire Tenured Faculty to Fund Student Dorms

By James Cersonsky

In Gov. Tom Corbett’s Pennsylvania, if it’s public and it’s education, burn it down!

The tenure system in American higher education is a limitless source of debate: Critics say it leaves younger scholars to publish or perish, or decaying professors to cash in on mediocrity; advocates note its importance in protecting academic freedom, risk-taking and, insofar as professors are workers, job security.…

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LGBT Inclusive Contract Language Workshop

February 21, 2014, Noon – 5 pm (deadline to register is 2/14/2014)
Rutgers Cook Campus Center, Multipurpose Room B, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
$20.00 – includes lunch, materials, and free parking

Bring a copy of your current contract to work from

Because of the inadequacies of state and federal law, it is vital that union contracts contain specific language to ensure LGBT workers receive at least similar benefits under a contract.…

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Experts support both sides of school-schedule debate

By Diane D’Amico, Education Writer

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“The American Federation of Teachers New Jersey is concerned that Gov. Chris Christie calls for extending school days and years without mandating a collaborative planning process that has helped make these programs successful,” union President Donna M. Chiera said in a statement. She said any plan must begin with an evaluation of what is already working or lacking in a school district, including after-school and summer programs.…

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Collaborative Approach Necessary for Improving New Jersey Schools

EDISON…Statement from AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera on Governor Chris Christie’s call for extending school days and years.
“The American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ) is concerned that Governor Chris Christie calls for extending school days and years without mandating a collaborative planning process that has helped make these programs successful in districts in New Jersey and elsewhere.…

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School Chiefs Tout Gains While Also Warning That Much Work Remains

By John Mooney

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State-appointed Newark schools Superintendent Cami Anderson began the presentations, taking the microphone for more than hour and presenting an extensive slideshow on various steps she has taken in her last three years. She cited gains made, in particular, in areas such as leadership development and graduation rates.

The liveliest exchanges came in the board’s questioning of Anderson over ongoing criticism she faces within the community from advocates and activists over what they call a lack of collaboration and public input.…

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