7 things to know about PARCC’s effect on teacher evaluations

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

New Jersey parents and students may have heard that data extracted from the new state tests in English and math will count in the performance evaluation of some teachers for this school year.

That much is simple to explain.

But how that data is calculated, which teachers will have it applied to their evaluation and how it can affect a teacher’s performance rating is much more complicated.…

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Students’ social media pages are monitored during PARCC exams, N.J. superintendent learns

By Alex Napoliello, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

WATCHUNG — A superintendent was taken aback after learning Pearson, a giant educational publisher and testing company, is monitoring her students’ social media pages during PARCC testing.

Elizabeth C. Jewett, superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional High School District, was notified by her testing coordinator that the state Department of Education called and said a Watchung Hills student tweeted a photo of a PARCC exam question.…

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Embattled Newark superintendent responds to tough questions on teacher pay, building sale

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — Two months ago state lawmakers grilled Newark schools superintendent Cami Anderson about the controversial reforms in the city’s school district.

The joint committee on public schools questioned the embattled superintendent on a host of issues from the district’s treatment of teachers to the sale of 18th Avenue School building.…

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Video: Voices from the @ReclaimRutgers Unity #1u Rally

In order of appearance:
URA-AFT President Lucye Millerand
Dr. Joseph Holtzman, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine-Community Health. Chief Negotiator for the AAUP-BHSNJ
Essex County Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake
Thais Marques, Rutgers-Newark student, Newark Student Union founding member
NJ State Senate President Steve Sweeney
AFT President Randi Weingarten
State Senator Ron Rice
Saad Amani, Rutgers Business School Student
Chris Shelton, Vice President CWA District 1
URA-AFT President Lucye Millerand
Imam of Islamic Center of Essex county, Chayk Motaz Sharaf
NJ AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Laurel Brennan
David Hughes, Anthropology Prof.,…

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Rutgers University, largest faculty union reach tentative contract agreement

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

Rutgers University reached a tentative pact on Thursday with its largest faculty union, allowing for raises of about 8 percent over four years, the union announced.

The agreement applies to nearly 4,700 members of the university chapter of the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers, including graduate and teaching assistants.…

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Rutgers strikes deal with largest faculty union

By Jonathan Lai

Rutgers University and its largest faculty union have reached a tentative four-year agreement that, if approved by members, would include across-the-board raises and require the university to declare a fiscal emergency before freezing salaries.

The agreement with the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers, announced Thursday in messages sent to faculty, would cover nearly 4,700 of its members.…

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Rutgers professors will get raises, added financial protections under new contract deal

By Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers University administrators have reached a deal with the school’s faculty union that boosts professors’ pay and makes it more difficult for the school to withhold raises when the university runs into financial trouble, union officials said today.

The state university and its professors union have been negotiating a new contract for months.…

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New Faculty Contract Restricts Rutgers’s Power to Freeze Pay

By Peter Schmidt

A tentative agreement between Rutgers University and its main faculty union curbs the administration’s power to withhold pay increases and also creates a new fund to support the development of graduate and teaching assistants.

The question of when Rutgers can refuse to honor contractually pledged pay raises had been a major sticking point in negotiations between its administration and its nearly 4,700-member faculty union, which is affiliated with both the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors.…

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Rutgers Union Workers Call for Faculty Deal Provisions For All

Large staff groups and medical school faculty remain without contracts

NEW BRUNSWICK…A tentative agreement between Rutgers University management and the largest faculty union requires that a financial emergency exists before the university can cancel raises, which has been a sticking point since increases were unilaterally frozen in 2010. This agreement applies to nearly 4,700 members of the Rutgers University American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT), including graduate and teaching assistants.…

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Rowan College at Gloucester County’s budget proposes tuition increase

By Kristina Pritchett, South Jersey Times

DEPTFORD TWP. — Students attending Rowan College at Gloucester County in the fall could see a $2 per credit increase to their tuition.

The proposed budget of $40.9 million was approved by the college’s board of trustees on Tuesday night, which would include an increase in tuition and fees.

Tuition for students will increase to $97 a credit, a $2 increase.…

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Take Action: Let Temple Adjuncts vote for a union

Please sign: http://petitions.moveon.org/aft/sign/let-temple-adjuncts-have?source=s.fwd&r_by=8652243

I believe that adjunct faculty, like all workers, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect by the Temple administration, and I strongly support their organizing to form a collective bargaining unit with the union they have chosen, the Temple Association of University Professionals.

I call on you to allow Temple’s adjunct faculty to hold a fair and transparent election, and I demand that you not use any tuition funds or other resources to hinder their efforts.…

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County college students fight possible 20% tuition increase

By Jessica Mazzola, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — A group of community college students in the state’s largest city say a proposed tuition increase could force them to stop pursuing a higher education. But, Essex County College officials say an increase may be the only way to continue providing services to students.

Student activists say they are planning a protest during the Essex County College board meeting next week during which trustees are set to vote on a proposed tuition increase.…

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Camden Teacher Pact Rings True – Without Bells, Whistles Of Earlier Deals

By John Mooney

Contract awards 2 percent pay hike and retroactive pay, while state wins more instructional time and more flexible classroom scheduling

When the state-controlled Newark school district settled its teacher contract three years ago, a press conference was held to celebrate a new and innovative aspect of the deal: It included a provision for awarding bonuses to outstanding teachers.…

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Sweeney on Christie’s labor policy: it’s a distraction from the economy

NEWARK – With the specter of union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s rising popularity casting a shadow over potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, one of New Jersey’s most prominent Democrats questioned the labor negotiating tactics of the state’s Republican governor, who might also run for the White House.

“When you hear [Governor Chris Christie] focusing on pension reforms and benefit costs, it got the attention of a lot of people nationally.…

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