Rutgers failing in its efforts to bring Latinx and African-Americans to its campus, professor says

Walton R. Johnson

In January, 2019, Rutgers kicked off a year of celebrations to mark 100 years since the graduation of our famous alum, Paul Robeson. Yet, despite the hoopla, the university continues to neglect the needs of African-Americans in our state in a manner that is openly contemptuous of Robeson’s core ideas.

paul robesonIn the past generation, there has been a precipitous decline in enrollment of African-Americans.…

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In search of diverse educators, Newark will prepare students to become district teachers

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat

Newark Public Schools is looking for a new crop of talented, diverse teachers — and it’s turning to its high school classrooms to find them.

The district on Tuesday announced plans to embed a new academy inside the city’s largest high school, where teenagers will take college-level education courses and practice teaching in local classrooms.…

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State’s most comprehensive teacher academy launches in Newark

NJBiz Staff

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger León, Montclair State University President Susan Cole, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, Newark Teachers Union President John Abeigon, legislators, educators, and students took the first step toward creating a pipeline to educate, train and prepare future teachers – and to diversify the teacher workforce – with the launch of Newark Public Schools Teacher Education Academy on Tuesday.…

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Opinion: Rutgers lagging in attracting qualified, diverse faculty

Mary Hawkesworth


Rutgers faculty are calling for an investment from the university to promote real diversity. The faculty union has called for the establishment of a $15-million fund for recruitment and retention of faculty from historically underrepresented groups. Further, the union has proposed the creation of an additional 100 minority graduate fellowships.

When graduate workers have the opportunity for study and scholarship, it deepens the pool of candidates for faculty positions.…

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Students Who Attend This Newark High School Could Soon Graduate As Substitute Teachers

Rebecca Panico, TapIntoNewark

NEWARK, NJ – Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon is guaranteeing full-time teaching jobs to East Side High School students who begin their journey to become teachers at a new academy that prepares students to become educators.

The promise would apply to students who complete the new Teacher Education Academy at East Side High School and go onto to graduate with a teaching degree from Montclair State University.…

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We don’t have enough black and Spanish teachers. This will change that, district says.

Barry Carter, NJ Advance Media for

Michelle Pena has known since kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher, even though she didn’t have many, if any, who shared her Hispanic heritage as she moved throughout the Newark school district.

A senior at East Side High School, Pena, 18, is still set on working in the classroom, and being a role model for kids, whom she said rarely get to see a teacher that looks like them.…

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Perth Amboy school administrator criticized for characterizing union president as “Henny Penny” in district heat debate

Suzanne Russell,

PERTH AMBOY – Cold temperatures in some district classrooms are being addressed, but the way the subject was discussed at a recent Board of Education meeting has sparked a new issue for the Perth Amboy Federation – AFT.

The Executive Board of the Perth Amboy Federation – AFT is calling for Assistant Superintendent of Administration Richard Chromey to publicly apologize to Patricia Paradiso, the federation’s president, for characterizing her as a “Henny Penny” in allegedly alarming others about the heat problem.…

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Higher Ed Secretary to Join Legislative Conference

Come hear New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, Zakiya Smith Ellis, who will be the featured speaker at next month’s Legislative Conference, March 16 in New Brunswick. Smith-Ellis is expected to discuss her strategic plan for higher education in New Jersey at the lunch meeting. The legislative conference is free for members of AFTNJ locals, but registration is required.…

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Op-Ed: Kean University’s China Fiasco Illustrates Need For State Oversight

Donna M. Chiera

Plan to give management control of campus outpost in Wenzhou to the Chinese government has security and ethical risks

New Jersey’s Legislature has many pressing education issues to deal with this session, but few are more urgent than the oversight of a dangerous and ill-conceived deal to hand management of Kean University’s branch campus in China over to the Chinese government.…

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Chiera Testimony: Teacher Diversity

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Teacher Diversity
Senate Higher Education Committee, Senate Education Committee
Donna M. Chiera, President

“Public schools should serve all students equally, regardless of race, creed or cultural differences. Research shows that children in historically underserved communities benefit academically if they have teachers who look like them. We need to make sure they get the teachers they need.…

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Rutgers faculty union blasts athletics report while calling on President Barchi to decrease spending on sports

Sargeant, NJ Advance Media for

​“The CSS report recommends even more spending, and even more raids on student fees and the academic budget,’’ Killingsworth said. “If President Barchi has a shred of integrity left, he will stand up for the academic mission of the university, and stop this move to take even more money from students and academic programs.…

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Rutgers athletics well behind Big Ten peers in revenue as well as victories

James M. O’Neill, North Jersey Record

“Their plan robs from our educational mission, gouges our students and saddles them with greater debt to subsidize a mismanaged Athletics program,” said Deepa Kumar, president of the union that represents 7,700 Rutgers faculty and graduate students who teach. “We need to restore the balance, and re-prioritize the academic mission.”…

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Rutgers Faculty Reject Report Recommending More Athletics Spending

Rutgers’ management chose the run-up to Super Bowl weekend to release a damning report that reveals how much money the university is losing on Athletics. “Perhaps they were hoping we would not notice that their plan robs from our educational mission, gouges our students and saddles them with greater debt to subsidize a mismanaged Athletics program,” said Deepa Kumar, President of the faculty and grad union, Rutgers AAUP-AFT.…

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