Charter school proposed for former Star-Ledger property in Newark

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK – New York-based Uncommon Schools is hoping to build a new charter school at the former home of the Star-Ledger newspaper.

The proposed six-story North Star Academy building would be built at a vacant parking lot and parking garage on Court Street and Washington Street, across from the newspaper’s old headquarters.

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Public worker retirements climbing again with N.J. pension talks

By Samantha Marcus, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — Nearly 10 percent more government workers retired in the first seven months of the year than in the same period last year, a rise some labor leaders say is a response to Gov. Chris Christie’s overtures toward cutting benefits.

More than 13,000 public employees retired through July, compared with fewer than 12,000 in 2014, and the increase was concentrated among state workers and public safety employees, state data shows.…

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Newark teachers’ union says merit pay hasn’t worked

By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. – It was hailed as a breakthrough when the bargain was struck: Top-performing teachers in Newark could get bigger paychecks.

The provision in a 2012 contract struck between the state-run school district and the Newark Teachers Union was the first of its kind in New Jersey. It was made possible because of a large donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg intended to improve education in the city.…

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Rutgers faculty union files grievance over ousted professor

MaryLynn Schiavi, Correspondent

She is an award-winning filmmaker, an educator adored by her students who credit her with raising significant funding, and developing innovative digital filmmaking programs at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, but despite Dena Seidel’s accomplishments, her contract was not renewed, and 39 students and alumni have asked for an explanation from university administration but have received no response, they said.…

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