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Charter Schools Arrive … at Well-Attended Conference in Atlantic City

Event’s biggest turnout yet underscores growth of alternative education in New Jersey

By John MooneyApril 17, 2013

It’s nothing compared to the annual teachers convention or even the yearly gathering of school-board members from around the state, but New Jersey’s charter schools are starting to make their presence known on the Atlantic City convention circuit. (more…)

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Sandy Delays Vote on Newark Teacher Contract

Newark Public Schools will be closed Monday because of Hurricane Sandy, pushing back a crucial vote on a new contract, officials said.

The Newark Teachers Union was expected to vote on a contract that offers merit bonuses and the potential for big annual raises in exchange for giving up automatic pay increases. It would be the first school district under New Jersey’s new four-tiered, teacher-evaluation system to use merit pay as well as give teachers some say in their coworkers’ evaluations. (more…)

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President Obama Addresses Education Nation Summit

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President Obama shares his vision for the nation’s education future in a taped interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, discussing what it will take to prepare all Americans for the high-skill jobs of the 21st century.

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Newark schools chief, teachers union clash over seniority

NEWARK — Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson’s formula for boosting student achievement in struggling schools is built on a simple concept — allowing principals to select their teaching staff regardless of seniority.

The union representing Newark teachers, however, believes the practice invites favoritism and puts older, more experienced teachers at a disadvantage. It plans to file a labor-relations complaint with the state if schools are not staffed based on seniority this fall. (more…)

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Opportunity ends

The parents of children in Camden and several other cities in New Jersey can thank Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver, D-Essex, for keeping their children trapped in failing schools for yet another year.

The Opportunity Scholarship Act would have created a corporate scholarship tax credit program for students from low-income families in failing school districts to attend public or private schools of their parents’ choice.

The bill had strong bipartisan support and more than enough votes to pass in both the Assembly and the Senate, which is why Oliver obstinately refused to post the bill for a vote.

Another legislative session ends. Another opportunity for urban kids to succeed dies.

What constituency are you protecting, Mrs. Oliver? The teachers’ unions? The entrenched educational bureaucracy? It certainly isn’t poor, minority children of this state desperately in need of access to a quality education.



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Hearings on Teacher Tenure Reform Delayed — For Now

Assembly and Senate committees wary to move as Christie warns he will veto ‘water-downed’ bill.

The drama over a teacher tenure reform in New Jersey continues to twist and turn, as legislators jockey for position and Gov. Chris Christie makes clear his opinion, if not his precise intentions.

Much of the latest guessing arose this week with the sudden postponement of education committee meetings on Monday in both the Senate and Assembly. (more…)

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Rhee, Backed by Big Bucks, Vows Schools Overhaul

During her tumultuous three years at the head of the Washington D.C. public schools, Michelle Rhee set off a lot of fireworks. She’s still doing it – on a national stage. Rhee has emerged as the leader of an unlikely coalition of politicians, philanthropists, financiers and entrepreneurs who believe the nation’s $500 billion-a-year public education system needs a massive overhaul. She has vowed to raise $1 billion for her national advocacy group, StudentsFirst, and forever break the hold of teachers unions on education policy. (more…)

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