A coalition of eight black ministers have joined the call for the resignation of embattled Kean University President Darwood Farahi. On their Facebook page they say the head of the Union, N.J., school has resided over a “climate of racial intolerance that has been allowed to fester for years,” and responded with “too little too late” after anonymously posted death threats on Twitter this Tuesday targeting black students.…Read more
TRENTON — The New Jersey State Investment Council, seeking to resolve a dispute with the heads of the public worker pension funds, voted Wednesday to report five years’ worth of fees, bonuses and performance data for the state’s investments.
Tom Byrne, chairman of the council overseeing the investments, said it was unclear how long it would take to compile the report, which will include alternative investments managed externally and funds managed in-house.
By Norine Gall
A strong union does far more than protect teachers; it makes it possible for students to excel
When unions are under attack, I think of my 31 years as an elementary school teacher in Perth Amboy and my two sons — a firefighter in Perth Amboy and a Monmouth County corrections officer. Both my sons put their lives on the line every day and depend on union brothers and sisters (mostly brothers) to protect one another.…Read more
For-profit college conglomerates take in millions of U.S. students—12 percent of the nation’s college students—and pocket their publicly-financed student grants and loans—$30 billion annually—while their students account for nearly 50 percent of loan defaults. These outfits generate substantial profits, attract Wall Street speculators and hedge funds to finance their expansion all the while making a joke (on us) of the notion that “private industry does it better.”
Just six Division I athletic programs supported themselves and turned a profit from outside revenue in 2014, the most recent year for which data was available, according to a survey released Monday.
By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
NEWARK — New Jersey Institute of Technology’s basketball team isn’t nationally ranked. But the school is number one among America’s public colleges when it comes to pouring money into athletic programs with scant financial return, according to a new report.
The Newark-based public college funded 90 percent of its athletic program through student fees and other institutional support in 2014, the highest percentage of 201 public universities’ athletics departments studied by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Perth Amboy teacher (and PAF-AFT president) Pat Paradiso stresses the importance of literacy in education while welcoming parents, students and teachers to the annual district-wide literacy fair. The union sponsors the event and teachers volunteer to run information sessions to help parents learn how to support their children for success in education.
How College Students Are Funding the Athletics Arms Race
By Brad Wolverton, Ben Hallman, Shane Shifflett and Sandhya Kambhampati[…]
In the past five years, public universities pumped more than $10.3 billion in mandatory student fees and other subsidies into their sports programs, according to an examination by The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post.…Read more
North Bergen Federation of Teachers president Liz Lynch attended an education roundtable with Secretary Clinton in New Hampshire
Liz Lynch:I’ve been teaching for 30 years, and I’m all for teachers being fairly held accountable for ensuring that our students are learning. But what I’ve seen in the last four or five years is crazy.
Students have been made to take paper and pencil tests in PE and music just so they can be evaluated.…Read more
Retaining union candidates in the majority on the boards of the pension funds is critical for good oversight.
The NJ AFL-CIO Public Employee Council voted to endorse:
- Tom Bruno for the state PERS seat
- Max Hurst for the municipal PERS seat
They will work to safeguard the system and its investments.
Please nominate them for election at or with the attached paper ballots (mailing instructions on ballot).…Read more
Fall 2015 Issue:
- Tenured Faculty Taken Out of the Classroom and Assigned Administrative Duties — Read more
- Kean University Wenzhou Campus in China Comes Under Scrutiny — Read more
- Change in Bi Weekly Salary & Promotions During the Freeze on Increments (Steps)— Read more
- 2016 State Health Benefit Rate Increases — Read more
- Common Sense Economics for Unions — Read More
Rutgers profs Julia Sass Rubin and Deepa Kumar discuss the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union’s support for academic freedom in the face of right-wing attacks on their work. They’ll be speaking along with Rutgers Newark professor Carolyne White and Community College of Philadelphia adjunct professor Divya Nair at a forum on Silencing Dissent: Why Academic Freedom Matters, Thurs.…Read more
Calls on Rider management to accept unselfish proposals from faculty
EDISON…Rider University’s faculty union advanced a proposal to save $5.5 million over three years, which would avoid the need for layoffs and program cutbacks, according Diane Campbell, president of the New Jersey American Association of University Professors and a faculty member at Rider. “The state AAUP urges Rider management to accept the local’s proposal and preserve academic continuity for students,” she said.…Read more