State’s largest highest education union agrees with report’s call for increase in support 

EDISON…New Jersey needs to invest in public higher education instead of leaving the state’s students perilously close to economic ruin, according to a report issued today.  “This year’s state budget will exclude many from academic opportunities especially if compounded with the impact of a federal sequester,” said Dr. Susanna Tardi, a William Paterson University sociology professor and Executive Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ), representing approximately 20,000 higher education faculty and staff members at public state four-year colleges, universities and county colleges. “The high tuition/high assistance model that depends on limited grants and costly loans is not working as evidenced by mounting student debt which has skyrocketed past one trillion dollars nationally.”


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