Month: October 2014

AFTNJ NewsNewark Teachers UnionPre-K to 12 News

Newark Teachers Union Takes Its Grievances To State Assembly Committee

By John Mooney

Representative tells education panel that Superintendent Cami Anderson has not followed state rules for teacher evaluations

With the landmark teachers contract in Newark in its third and final year, prospects are not promising for such amicable agreement on the next contract.

The Newark Teachers Union has stepped up its complaints about how state-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson has implemented the existing contract, taking its case to the Legislature this week and contending that she has failed to comply with state law pertaining to teacher evaluations.…

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Pre-K to 12 News

N. J. charter schools see smaller percentages of poor and special needs students than districts, study says

TRENTON — Charter schools in many of the state’s most disadvantaged districts do not look much like the communities they serve, according to a study to be released today by public school advocates.

According to the report, the schools—concentrated in Camden, Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, Plainfield, and Trenton—educate significantly smaller percentages of poor students, those from non-English speaking families, and special education students, than do the public school districts they serve.…

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AFT NewsPre-K to 12 News

Tell Time: #TIMEtoApologize

Are one of more than 90,000 people who have signed our petition demanding that Time magazine apologize for calling teachers the “rotten apples” in our schools?

At 3 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Oct. 30, AFTNJ will be joining AFT President Randi Weingarten, UFT President Michael Mulgrew along with educators, parents and allies to deliver the petitions to Time magazine’s headquarters in Manhattan.…

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FarahiHigher Ed News

NJIT formally questions Kean University’s plan for architecture program

By PATRICIA ALEX, Staff Writer, The Record

New Jersey Institute of Technology issued a formal statement on Monday questioning Kean University’s intentions to open another public architecture program in the state, saying the initiative was duplicative and costly.

The salvo came following an event at Kean’s Union campus on Saturday, where the university announced that it was launching the Michael Graves School of Architecture, pairing up with the famous designer to start a school that will grow to 500 students evenly divided between the stateside campus and one in Wenzhou, China.…

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AFTNJ NewsPolitical EducationPre-K to 12 NewsTestimony

Reclaiming Our Profession: A Professional Continuum to Support Effective Teaching in NJ

There is not a profession in this modern era that is legislated, regulated and mandated as closely as that of the public school educator. While there are laws governing other professions, those laws are developed and implemented with the voices of those in the profession front and center. That cannot be said of the laws and regulations governing today’s educational system.…

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Pre-K to 12 News

Why Public Education Needs Teachers Unions

Excluding teachers from policy-making is not only stupid, it’s dangerous.

By Gary Ravani

I consider it important, indeed urgently necessary, for intellectual workers to get together, both to protect their own economic status and also, generally speaking, to secure their influence in the political field.” – Charter member of AFT Local 552 (c. 1938)

There have been many assertions made over time about the negative effects of teachers unions on student performance.…

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Kean University, NJIT feud over similar curriculums

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record.

Kean University is launching an architecture school bearing the imprint of design guru Michael Graves, but the dean of the state’s premier public architecture program six miles away says the initiative is a waste of public money.

“The idea of having yet another program motivated by prestige or other considerations … it doesn’t make any sense,” said Urs P.…

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AFTNJ NewsNewark Teachers UnionPre-K to 12 NewsTenure

Arbitrator Rules Newark Teacher Must Be Rehired, Given Back Pay

Decision says schools Superintendent Cami Anderson was premature in citing dismissal guidelines in state’s new tenure law

By John Mooney

Amid all the debate surrounding her tenure as state-appointed leader of New Jersey’s largest school district, Newark schools Superintendent Cami Anderson has taken special pride in being able to retain and reward exemplary teachers while removing the poor ones.…

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Pre-K to 12 News

State’s Top Democrats Take Stock of Education Reforms in the Offing

Sweeney, Prieto say they mostly support Common Core and related testing, but predict big adjustments ahead for NJ schools

By John Mooney

With New Jersey deep into incorporating the Common Core State Standards and about to debut new online tests for its public schools, the state’s Legislature has been caught in the position of having little say at this point — but still talking and hearing plenty about it.…

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Adjunct IssuesHigher Ed News

The Adjunct Crisis Is Everyone’s Problem


In 2012, I got my Ph.D. and left academia with no regrets. Like all decisions based on financial stability, it was not so much a decision as a reaction.

Academia, I had discovered, was not an industry in which one works for pay but one in which you must pay to work. New Ph.D.’s are expected to move around the country in temporary postdocs or visiting professor jobs until finding tenure-track positions — financially impossible for me as a mother of two – or stay where they are and work as adjuncts with no job security and an average wage of $2,700 per course.…

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The plight of part-time professors at New Jersey’s public colleges


BY LAST SPRING, Mary-Faith Cerasoli had had enough. She decided to go public with her secret.

The veteran teacher had a job teaching Italian and Spanish to students at Mercy College in Westchester and other colleges in New York City. But at night, she was sleeping in her car and buying groceries with food stamps.…

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