Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | New Jersey |
July 31, 2012
New Jersey voters will decide in November whether judges should contribute more toward their pensions and benefits, after after the Supreme Court ruled last week that a 2011 law to increase public employee contributions to pensions and health benefits cannot apply to any sitting judge.
Gov. Rick Perry appointed Dr. Kyle Janek, an Austin anesthesiologist and former state legislator, as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to replace retiring Commissioner Toms Suehs.
Traditionally, U.S. voters have backed generous pay and benefits for the cops and firefighters willing to risk their lives to keep citizens safe. But as economic conditions have worsened and many local governments have run into severe fiscal problems, that attitude has started to change.
New York and up to 25 other states are moving toward changing the way they grant licenses to teachers, de-emphasizing tests and written essays in favor of a more demanding approach that requires aspiring teachers to prove themselves through lesson plans, homework assignments and videotaped instruction sessions.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
July 30, 2012
After two years in which teachers, cops, firefighters and other public workers headed for the exits in record numbers as Trenton took aim at their pensions and benefits, the pace of retirements has slowed drastically, the latest records show.
Governor Bev Perdue signed legislation aimed at helping military spouses land jobs after they arrive at military bases, making North Carolina the ninth state this year to enact a law addressing the issue.
Source: New Jersey Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
July 25, 2012
Incensed over a Supreme Court ruling declaring increased pension and health benefits contributions for certain judges unconstitutional, lawmakers said they’ll seek to change the state Constitution to force the hikes.
Enrollment in nearly half of the nation’s largest school districts has dropped steadily over the last five years, triggering school closings that have destabilized neighborhoods, caused layoffs of essential staff and concerns in many cities that the students who remain are some of the neediest and most difficult to educate.