High-School Students Disrupt Newark School Advisory Board Meeting

By John Mooney

Session is adjourned after chanting protesters won’t quiet down and then refuse to leave

The ongoing saga of Newark school reforms got a new twist last night, when nearly a dozen students blocked a meeting of the state-run district’s advisory board – and then wouldn’t leave.

The high school students – members of the increasingly vocal Newark Students Union – were holed up in the district’s downtown offices as of 10 o’clock last night, saying they would stay until their demands were met by state-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson.…

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Kean U. pays ‘SNL’ and ‘Daily Show’ comedians $40K to speak at commencement

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

UNION TOWNSHIP — Kean University is spending $40,000 to bring in former “Saturday Night Live” star Darrell Hammond and “Daily Show” correspondent Samantha Bee to speak at its commencement ceremonies this week.

Hammond will be paid $25,000 to deliver the commencement address before 2,900 undergraduates Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, said Marsha McCarthy, a Kean spokeswoman.…

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Take action: Union organizer gets degree from Rutgers but loses job there

By Hannan Adely, Staff Writer, The Record

Take Action: Sign Petition urging Rutgers to restore Christine’s job.

Christine O’Connell, a mother of five who left college 27 years ago to get married and raise a family, was elated to graduate on Monday from Rutgers University alongside her 21-year-old son, John.

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Plainfield resident Christine O’Connell and her son John, graduating together Monday from Rutgers University.…

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About 300 workers may lose jobs in Newark schools through layoffs, retirements

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
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Newark Teachers Union president Joseph DelGrosso described the layoffs as retribution. The union endorsed Mayor-elect Ras Baraka, a Newark high school principal who repeatedly called for Superintendent Cami Anderson’s ouster.

“I guess it’s payback,” DelGrosso said.

DelGrosso said the union will fight the cuts.

“We will have our meetings with the parties, from the mayor-elect to the commissioner (acting Commissioner of Education David Hespe),” he said.…

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Student Debt Grows Faster at Universities With Highest-Paid Leaders, Study Finds

By Tamar Lewin

At the 25 public universities with the highest-paid presidents, both student debt and the use of part-time adjunct faculty grew far faster than at the average state university from 2005 to 2012, according to a new study by the Institute for Policy Studies, a left-leaning Washington research group.

The study, “The One Percent at State U: How University Presidents Profit from Rising Student Debt and Low-Wage Faculty Labor,” examined the relationship between executive pay, student debt and low-wage faculty labor at the 25 top-paying public universities.…

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Rutgers, NJIT presidents make list of highest-paid public college leaders

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

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Two New Jersey college leaders made the top 100 list: New Jersey Institute of Technology President Joel Bloom ranked 67th with a total compensation of $566,280 and Rutgers University President Robert Barchi ranked 72nd with a total compensation of $551,669. However, Barchi’s ranking was based on a portion of his yearly salary because he took office in September, 2012.…

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Testimony: Create strong and effective neighborhood public schools that are safe, collaborative, and welcoming places

Testimony of AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera
NJ Assembly Education Committee, Thursday, May 15, 2014

To reclaim the promise of the American education system AFTNJ supports the intentions and spirit of the following proposed legislation:
• A990: Establishes Common Core State Standards Evaluation Task Force; delays use of assessments developed by Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) until task force submits final report.…

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Educators Help Put Baraka Over The Top, Schools Pose Daunting Challenge

By John Mooney

New mayor’s consistent criticism of Superintendent Anderson and her ‘One Newark’ plan pays off at polling places

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But several observers said yesterday that they saw Baraka’s victory as providing a new voice in the city on these issues, even if just a symbolic one.

“It means we have a life,” said Michael Dixon, vice president of the Newark Teachers Union, a strong backer of Baraka’s.…

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Newark streets besieged by Baraka’s, Jeffries’ colorful armies of volunteers

By Mark Di Ionno
[…] At the Broad Street headquarters of the Newark Teachers Union, the first wave of street canvassers gathered just before 10 in the morning. Representatives of 34 unions operated out of the teacher’s building, working phones and laptops. Each were wearing their own Baraka colors: red for the health workers union, blue for the teachers, orange for the laborers, light green for the drywall workers, etc.…

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NTU President: Today’s Election Is a Victory for Newark’s Children

NEWARK, N.J.—Newark Teachers Union President Joseph Del Grosso’s statement on the election of Ras Baraka as Newark’s mayor.

“The election of Ras Baraka is a victory for our children. Mayor-elect Baraka, once a beloved high school principal, has always made our kids and their education a priority. He has spoken out against the One Newark plan—a plan that would mass close, mass fire and mass privatize.…

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Newark’s race for mayor: Baraka and Jeffries at the end of old-school battle with new cash

By Ted Sherman and Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger

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“They are kinda tired of lawyers being in charge of our government,” said Joe DelGrosso, president of the Newark teachers union, which has endorsed Baraka. “The perception is that when Ras becomes mayor, you become mayor,” referring to Baraka’s campaign mantra.

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