Larry and the People’s Organization for Progress have been on the forefront of advocating for social justice in education for local control of Newark Public Schools, fairness for worker contracts and to investigate racism at Kean University.…Read more
By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
TRENTON — Three New Jersey public colleges have a “heavy reliance” on millions in mandatory students fees but lack transparency about how that money is spent, according to a new state audit.
The review conducted by the state comptroller focuses on Kean University, the College of New Jersey and William Paterson University.…Read more
By Nikhilesh De
The Rutgers Board of Governors hosted an open hearing on tuition rates Thursday night in the College Avenue Student Center multipurpose room, where members of the University community could discuss what a tuition increase or rollback would mean to them.
One student opened by saying she was $60,000 in debt. Another’s father discussed how he had to take out a loan to help his daughter pay for college, despite being a retiree.…Read more
By Jonathan Xiong
A coalition of students groups and labor unions are working to defend public education.
Rutgers One, an organization whose major members include the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Black Lives Matter and the Union of Rutgers Administration, are actively trying to ensure all instructors are paid fairly without burdening students unduly.…Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program has extended its recent streak of victories with the re-election of union sister Elizabeth Gray to the Garfield Board of Education.
The former AFTNJ vice president first won election to the board three years ago after successfully completing the NJ AFL-CIO’s Labor Candidates School.
A former president of AFT Local 3977, Garfield Federation of Teachers, Gray was the highest vote-getter in the April 19 school board election.…Read more
By Daniel Falkenheim, Web Editor
The Montclair State University Board of Trustees held their annual tuition hearing on Friday, but no more than five students appeared at the hearing. Only three students signed up to speak at the hearing in advance, which is a far cry from when dozens of members of the Montclair State Students for a Democratic Society showed up to protest tuition hikes at hearings in 2012.…Read more
By Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers University should celebrate its 250th anniversary by giving students a gift – a 2.5 percent tuition decrease, according to a coalition of student and faculty groups.
Rutgers One, a coalition that includes the faculty union and student groups, plans to hold a rally Thursday calling for the tuition cut before a hearing held by the Rutgers Board of Governors, the board that is preparing to set the state university’s 2016-2017 tuition rates.…Read more
Linda Bradbury works in the Equal Opportunity Center and has been a long time union officer. She is a go-to person in working on professional staff issues in bargaining and dealing with grievances. She is active in the Union County Central Labor Council.…Read more
Donna Tartza is a Physical Education teacher committed to being the best professional educator she can be. She is a leader in her local union and focused on supporting organizing efforts. …Read more
HBO, with no ties that bind it to the NCAA, is able to pursue certain truths. Thus, Tuesday’s 10 p.m. Real Sports should be of great interest and concern to taxpayers, especially New Jersey’s.
As seen and heard in a piece anchored by Jon Frankel, D-I football and basketball colleges have sold their souls — their students, academic standards and financial stability — for nothing more beneficial to society than trying to win ballgames.…Read more
By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
When college tuition rates go up this year – as they will at most schools – one of the driving forces will be the cost to prevent football concussions, combat sexual assault, and keep hackers out of school networks.
Responding to growing legal and regulatory requirements and wary of becoming the next crisis in the headlines, colleges and universities have added staff, increased employee training, and overhauled policies.…Read more