State approves plan transitioning Newark Public Schools to local control

By Leah Mishkin, Correspondent

Not everyone has been a supporter of how Newark Public Schools have been run. The head of the teachers’ union says he hopes now is the time for change.

“The fact that they’re leaving is absolutely positive, but now that they are leaving we can begin an educational autopsy on the damage that’s been done by corporate charter schools and their main cheerleader Christopher Cerf,” said John Abeigon, president of the Newark Teachers’ Union.…

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‘Why’ We Teach and ‘How’ To Reach Students: Peer-led Sessions Engage Educators

Teachers from the Garfield, Newark, North Bergen and Perth Amboy districts in New Jersey met with their peers from classrooms in Ohio, Texas and AFT national staff trainers to discuss current topics in education Nov. 9 and 10 in Woodbridge. Approximately 50 teachers attended the sessions, which included sessions on managing classroom behavior, early childhood education and strategies for working with English language learners.…

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AFT’s Elaine Bobrove Joins State Board of Education

Elaine Bobrove: “When talking about educational issues with others, I have often found that many of them believe they know what is good and bad about public education because they spent 12 years in the school system. Although many of their thoughts are valid, a comprehensive understanding of all the factors affecting public education takes more than a reflection of one’s own individual experiences.…

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Interactive Map: Who Gets Hurt Most By Gop’s Plan To Kill Higher-Ed Deductions?

Colleen O’Dea

The Republican tax-reform package targets benefits taken by New Jerseyans in college and grad school — and their families

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Austin Baker, a fourth-year doctoral student at Rutgers, said this change alone could force thousands of grad students across the country to abandon their studies and their teaching or research positions by pushing them into higher tax brackets and making it impossible to both pay income taxes and housing and food costs.…

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