Teacher, attacked by pupil, regains job in tenure fight

By Bill Wichert, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — Less than three months into his job as a health and physical education teacher in Newark, Peter Kowalsky was severely beaten by a student in November 2005, causing him to remain on medical leave for roughly four school years.

After then working during three school years, the city’s school district fired Kowalsky in August 2012 for budgetary reasons, saying he had not attained tenure status.…

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Before investing billions in community colleges, high school students need to be better prepared for higher education

By Bill Mesce Jr.

In her piece explaining Essex County College’s first tuition increase in five years, Essex County College president Gale Gibson notes enrollment at the college rose 21 percent in the first two years after the Great Recession as young people looked to make themselves more job competitive in a sluggish economy. If President Obama manages to carry through with his American Graduation Initiative providing a free education to community college students, ECC’s enrollment is sure to jump even further.…

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With Guadagno at RVCC graduation, a subtle protest against Christie’s education policies

By Louis C. Hochman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

BRANCHBURG — Earlier this week, the Raritan Valley Community College Federation wanted to get Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s attention.

With the lieutenant governor slated to speak at the college’s commencement ceremony, the federation wrote Guadagno an open letter, criticizing Gov. Chris Christie’s policies — saying public education had been shortchanged, and imploring Guadagno to use her appearance to address why.…

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Another cold slap in the wallet: Fewer NJ families will find college affordable | Editorial

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

New Jersey Policy Perspective, the prolific think tank, has provided another grim reminder about how middle class families are squeezed in their endeavor to educate their kids, and the numbers are jarring.

The latest analysis shows that state support for four-year publics has dropped 22 percent since 2008 (or $2,150 per student), while the average tuition has risen 14 percent (or $1,611 per student).…

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Altered acceptance rates: Ramapo among 3 N.J. colleges boosting prestige with inflated applicant pool

By Patricia Alex, staff writer, The Record

Some of New Jersey’s public colleges and universities are making themselves appear more selective — and more attractive to prospective students — by skirting national standards when reporting data to the federal government and ratings organizations, The Record has found.

Ramapo College and Kean and Rowan universities include both complete and incomplete applications in the numbers they report, bloating the stated applicant pool by hundreds.…

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Higher education funding in N.J. is way down, while tuition is way up, report finds

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — New Jersey’s “lackluster” financial support of its colleges and universities has led to increased tuition, ballooning student debt and erosion in the quality of higher education, according to a new report.

The state’s higher education funding has dropped by more 22 percent since 2008 when adjusted for inflation, a decrease of more than $2,150 per student, according to an analysis by New Jersey Policy Perspective, a Trenton-based public policy research group.…

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Wayne High School Students Going Homeless to Help Homeless Veterans

Teens raising funds and awareness to address homelessness problem

WAYNE… High school scholars will be spending Friday night sleeping in boxes outside to raise awareness of the high rate of homelessness among military veterans and to solicit funds to help them, according to Ellie McNeal, a student at Wayne Hills High School, “It is shameful that after serving our country many veterans return homeless and live on the streets,” she said.…

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Union: Guadagno should explain why Christie short-changes education at RVCC graduation

By Dave Hutchinson,  NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

RARITAN — — The union representing Raritan Valley Community College faculty on Wednesday took aim at Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno — who’ll speak at the school’s commencement ceremony Saturday — saying in an open letter she should confront its questions about Gov. Chris Christie’s approach to education.

“We’re concerned about the Christie administration’s policy towards public education and public employees,” said Maria DeFilippis, president of the Raritan Valley Community College Federation, which wrote the letter.

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Dear @LtGovGuadagno: Raritan Valley Faculty Question Higher Education Underfunding, #FundNJPension

Dear Lieutenant Governor Guadagno:

We look forward to your presence at our commencement ceremony this weekend, and your participation in celebrating the many achievements of our graduates. And as we suggested when Governor Christie visited our campus two years ago, we ask you to see this as an opportunity for dialogue around the issues confronting higher education and the status of public employees.…

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Newark Program Prepares Low-Income Teens For College, Workforce

By Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Innovative ‘RU Ready for Work’ initiative helps teens succeed in careers and in the classroom
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College-bound high school senior Altis Cheatham assisting a senior with her groceries during the Essex County Seniors Farmers Market.

This story is being published in conjunction with YouthToday, an independent, nationally distributed newspaper that is read by professionals in the youth-service field.

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Survey: Teachers say there’s too much stress, too little appreciation

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

America’s teachers feel over-stressed and under-appreciated, and only about half of them identify as enthusiastic about their jobs, according to a new poll conducted by the American Federation of Teachers.

The survey of more than 30,000 teachers and school employees released Tuesday also reveal teachers primarily blame elected officials and the media and for their anxiety.…

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At Rutgers, It’s Books vs. Ballgames

It’s not exactly a secret that big-time college sports often distort priorities on university campuses. But every once in a while, something bursts into public view to put those priorities in glaring relief. A recent example is a fight that is taking place at Rutgers University. The dispute pits faculty members who want to restrain the athletic department’s out-of-control costs against some powerful alumni who want the Rutgers athletic department to spend even more money to better compete in its new conference, the Big Ten.…

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Press statement: State Monitor Forces Impasse in Garfield Negotiations

Contact: Nat T. Bender, nbender@aftnj.org, 908-377-0393

Garfield Federation of Teachers made numerous good faith changes in attempt to reach deal

Despite productive negotiations between the Garfield Board of Education and the Garfield Federation of Teachers (GFT), the state monitor for the district Angelo DeSimone rejected a proposed deal acceptable to both parties. “Our last proposal fell within the county salary average and demonstrated an appreciation of the current economic situation school districts are facing,” said GFT President Rob Barbier.…

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State Eases Up On Tougher Standards For Teacher Training, Licensing

By John Mooney

Christie administration heeds calls for slower implementation of some of its proposed changes

Three months after they were first proposed, the Christie administration’s voluminous revisions to the state’s teacher preparation and certification requirements are still being fine-tuned, with the state stepping back from a couple of the more aggressive changes.
[…] “You can see that they really reflected on the various comments that were made by the stakeholder groups,” said Joelle Tutela, director of teacher education at Rutgers University-Newark and president of the New Jersey Association of College for Teacher Education.…

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Stockton trustees authorize investigation into Showboat purchase

By Diane D’Amico, Education Writer

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The Stockton University board of trustees on Wednesday approved a contract not to exceed $350,000 for legal services with Gibbons P.C. for a “comprehensive investigation of matters relating to the acquisition and proposed sale of the Showboat Hotel and Casino.”

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Anne Pomeroy, president of the Stockton Federation of Teachers, and Rodger Jackson, president of the Stockton Senate, formally presented resolutions asking for seats on the board and approving some form of condemnation of Saatkamp regarding the Showboat purchase.…

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