Princeton Graduate Students Consider Unionization

By Erin Delmore, Correspondent

[NOTE: The video report concludes that “to form a union 30% of graduate students need to back the effort.” Unions are actually formed when a majority of the workers vote to unionize. The 30% figure represents the percentage of workers who need to agree to take a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) vote in the first place.]

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2016 General Election AFTNJ Endorsed Candidates

President of the United States
Hillary Clinton (D)

United States House of Representatives
District 1 Donald Norcross (D)*+ District 5 Joshua Gottheimer (D)
District 6 Frank Pallone (D)*
District 7 Peter Jacob (D)
District 8 Albio Sires (D)*
District 9 Bill Pascrell (D)*
District 10 Donald Payne, Jr. (D)* District 11 Joseph Wenzel (D)
District 12 Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)*

State
New Jersey State Senate District 18 Patrick J.…

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Making Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Work on the State Level

The New Jersey Department of Education has been conducting meetings with stakeholders in education to formulate the state plan for implement of the federal “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the successor of “No Child Left Behind” in guiding education policy.

The Perth Amboy Federation hosted a small group information session after school Monday (Oct. 24) to discuss best practices in successful schools and where teacher training, professional development and programs for students need improvement.…

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Princeton graduate students get national support for unionization efforts

By Anna Merriman, NJ.com

PRINCETON – A collection of graduate students at Princeton University made the first step in the process of forming a union this week when they voted to accept support from a national teachers’ union.

The students, who have been meeting for months to discuss unionization, accepted a proposal for affiliation from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) on Tuesday, David Walsh, a graduate student at the university said this week.…

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Faculty Leaders Testify For Senate Higher Education

Oppose Third Year in Community College For Four Year Degree

A program keeping students in community colleges for a third year before matriculating to Rowan University should be studied and analyzed before being replicated at other schools, experienced professors told legislators at the Senate Higher Education Committee, Monday, Oct. 18 in Trenton. The faculty members supported many measures recommended by the College Affordability Study Commission, but objected to extending the “3-Plus-1 Degree Programs” bill (S2623) before the model has proven itself at Rowan University and community colleges in Gloucester and Burlington Counties.…

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After Work ‘Phone Banks’ for Labor Candidates #IamWithHer Start in Edison and 10 NJ Locations

The labor movement is counting on you to ensure that we elect Hillary Clinton as President, all endorsed congressional candidates, and 51 rank-and-file labor candidates on Tuesday, November 8th. Phone calls made in support of Hillary Clinton will go to crucial battleground states across the country. Volunteer between 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm weeknights from Monday through Thursday.…

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‘Walk-In’ at Perth Amboy school highlights need to support public education

By Nat T. Bender, American Federation of Teachers New Jersey

Event was part of nationwide campaign held in more than 200 cities

PERTH AMBOY – The city would lose $94 million in annual state funding, which is more than $9,200 per pupil, if Gov. Chris Christie’s formula is enacted, Sharon Krengel of the Education Law Center said on Thursday.…

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Assembly Higher Education Talks Adjuncts and Tenure

The working conditions of Adjunct faculty were up for discussion in the State Assembly Higher Education Committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 6 in Trenton. Chair Mila Jasey heard from legislators Sen. (and former Governor) Dick Codey and Assemblyman Dan Benson, former Assembly Speaker Joseph Doria as well as an AFT New Jersey delegation consisting of Dan O’Connor, Susanna Tardi, David Chapman, Elaine Bobrove and Steve Young.…

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Video: Perth Amboy Unites for Fair School Funding

Please sign Petition to Stop the Assault on Public Education while you are watching video. The Perth Amboy Federation-AFT joined with Mayor Wilda Diaz, Sharon Krengel of the Education Law Center and parents to call for full funding under the current formula for students. This event was one of more than 1,000 nationally coordinated by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools #ReclaimOurSchools…

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Please sign and share for fair funding:

Please sign this petition to show your support for New Jersey meeting its obligations under the current funding formula and rejecting Chris Christie’s ill-conceived attempt to deprive deserving students of adequate resources.

Further, Christie’s call for the court to override tenure, which guarantees due process and protection from political interference, and negotiated contracts demonstrates his lack of understanding of what is great about New Jersey’s public schools.…

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Invitation for Coverage: Perth Amboy ‘Walk-In’ Calls for Major Investments in Public Eduction in Black and Brown Communities

CONTACT: Nat Bender, 908-377-0393, nbender [@] aftnj.org

WHAT: The Perth Amboy Federation is joining the national Alliance To Reclaim Our Schools in events in more than 200 cities across the county calling for stakeholder-led, research-based school reform including:
• An end to the expansion of unaccountable charter schools that drain billions from traditional public districts;
• An end to high stakes assessments;
• And strong parent and community engagement in schools ending practices and policies such as state takeovers that disenfranchise local voters and eliminate local control in schools.…

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