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Chiera Testimony To Senate Labor and Education Joint Meeting

The Senate Labor Committee, Chairman Fred H. Madden, and the Senate Education Committee, Chairwoman M. Teresa Ruiz, met jointly May 31 to hear testimony from invited speakers on the topics of teacher sexual misconduct, the reporting of child abuse in schools and the process for tenure charge arbitration in the case of teacher sexual misconduct.

Chiera: As the President of AFT New Jersey, representing 30,000 educators in our schools and colleges, we have a track record of working with many of you in the legislature to make sure that children are protected, the public is served and teachers are treated fairly.…

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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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AFTNJ Supports Reforms of Abusive NJ Student Loan Practices

“Thanks to Assembly Higher Ed Chair Mila Jasey and Assemblyman Andrew Wicker for their leadership in putting forth common sense legislation on student debt,” said AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera. Decency was on the agenda in Trenton, Thursday, Sept.8 at the Assembly Higher Education Committee, she said.

AFTNJ Higher Education Vice President and Rutgers AAUP-AFT President David M.…

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Testimony for College Affordability Task Force Offers Ideas for Efficiency, Savings for Students

AFTNJ Higher Education Executive Vice President Sue Tardi, a professor from William Paterson, and Rutgers professors Dan O’Connor and Patrice Mareschal testified in Trenton for the College Affordability Task Force. The group offered a variety of recommendations for reducing college and student debt, improving emphasis on academics on and increasing accountability in Trenton.

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Equal Pay Can’t Wait: Senate Labor Committee advances bill

The Senate Labor Committee voted 3-0-1 to move out of committee legislation concerning equal pay for women and helping…

Posted by AFT New Jersey on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Chiera Testimony: Equal Pay Can’t Wait

For the Senate Labor Committee:

When I started teaching more than three decades ago the profession was low-paid and comprised of a mostly female workforce. We suffered with low salaries for decades. Collectively bargained salary guides accounting for both experience and education have gone a long way towards addressing pay inequality within the ranks of professional educators in the schools, but it is still not enough.…

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Norine Gall Testimony on NJ Charter Legislation

The AFT New Jersey state federation believes that we have much work to do in order to improve education in our state and teachers must have a voice in that process. We believe charter schools, if done right, can be part of a reform strategy, and we are proud to represent teachers at charter schools. Just like traditional public schools, charter schools need strong and meaningful oversight and accountability mechanisms to ensure high performance.…

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Testimony: Chiera Supports Study on School Closures and Calls for Moratorium on Impact of High Stakes Testing

Delivered to Senate Education Committee, June 19

To reclaim the promise of the American education system AFTNJ supports Senate Bill 2176 and strongly urges the Senate to include language for a moratorium on all consequences connected to the testing program until the study is concluded. New Jersey’s assessment program is one of high stakes not only for teachers, but for administrators, students, schools, neighborhoods and entire districts.…

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