Newark Student Sit-In Ends With Superintendent Anderson Still in Place

Students call action a ‘victory,’ even though state is on course to renew embattled school chief’s contract this week

By John Mooney

The four-day sit-in at Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson’s office last week grabbed the attention of local and international press, but whether the self-styled “occupation” made much of a difference is an open question.

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John Abeigon, a top official of the teachers union, yesterday said the organization was not involved in the planning, but gave its full moral support once the sit-in was underway.…

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When can Rutgers freeze professors’ pay? Union demands contract changes

By Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEW BRUNSWICK — After months of tense contract negotiations, Rutgers University officials and representatives of its professors union have reached a tentative deal to raise faculty salary minimums and improve family leave benefits.

But the two sides remain deadlocked on one big question: When can Rutgers freeze the salaries of its employees?…

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Common Core’s biggest pitfall

By Kala Kachmar

There is little evidence that the $186 million Common Core program will fix one of the toughest problems facing New Jersey’s classrooms: the education gap between rich and poor kids.

After nearly two decades of standardized testing and countless curriculum changes, students from homes at or near the poverty line still perform, on average, 15 points lower than other students on the math portion of the 11th grade graduation test, the Asbury Park Press found in a review of test scores for nearly 400 high schools across the state.…

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Newark student sit-in lasted through the night at district headquarters

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

UPDATE: 10: 23 a.m.: New Jersey Communities United organizer and NSU co-founder Thais Marques said the school district is preventing food from coming up to the students during their sit-in; The students have not eaten for 12 hours, Marques said.

But Newark Public Schools spokeswoman Brittany Chord Parmley said the district is not withholding food and that it will be available for them when they come downstairs where there is a bus waiting to take them to school.…

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Associate professors have a harder time gaining salary increase

By Natasha Tripathi

This week an annual survey released by The American Association of University Professors found that the wage gap between associate professors and full professors, whose pay has increased by 12 percent, is widening, and cautions that the recession’s effect on faculty salaries isn’t over yet.

The average salary for full-time faculty members rose 2.2 percent between 2013 and 2014.…

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Senate, Assembly Taking Separate Paths To Making College More Affordable

By Tara Nurin

Lower chamber hammers out package of bills, while upper house creates a commission to study the ‘college affordability crisis’

Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairwoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex and Morris).
The state Senate and Assembly seem to be at loggerheads over a package of 20 bills that would make it easier for New Jerseyans to get into college and to pay for it.…

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N.J. plots a path for immigrant students

By Melissa Hayes and Monsy Alvarado, Staff Writers, The Record

For the first time since Governor Christie signed legislation allowing New Jersey residents who are in the U.S. without legal permission to pay in-state college tuition rates, Rutgers University is hosting a forum aimed at helping them get a college degree.

The forum in Newark on Saturday spotlights a decision Christie made in 2013 to sign that law, attention that comes as he prepares a possible presidential run in a Republican primary where support for immigration reform could become an issue.…

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