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…)
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…)
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.
CHICAGO — More than 350,000 students remain out of their classrooms as bargaining to end Chicago’s teachers strike dragged into Friday ahead of an afternoon union gathering where a vote could stamp needed approval on any deal. (more…)
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…)
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.
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…)