Governor Christie recently signed a state budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16. For all its flaws, the budget actually increased funding for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program, which serves first-generation college students from educationally and economically disadvantaged communities in New Jersey. Under the program, students receive dedicated counseling for the duration of their studies starting with an intensive summer program that helps them transition from high school to college.
Union members signed a petition in the spring semester 2015 to restore the cuts to EOF that Governor Christie initially proposed back in February. From there the union ran a mini-campaign to not only restore the cuts, but to expand the funding so that more students could be served and our EOF counselors, AAUP-AFT members, could be better supported in their work. Working with student allies, we reached out to legislative leadership in the Senate and Assembly. In the end, the Legislature increased funding by $2.565 million over the Governor’s original budget proposal. This is a small but successful effort to reverse the trend of cuts to public higher education. Thanks to everyone that took part in the advocacy efforts.
Friday, July 17, we welcome the Senate legislative leadership to RU-Newark to thank them for recognizing this great program and celebrate our incoming EOF students and their counselors. Please join us for this special event with Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Senator Ronald Rice, Senator Teresa Ruiz (Education Chair) and Senator Sandra Cunningham (Higher Education Chair).
Paul Robeson Campus Center, University Club
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd
Newark, New Jersey
Friday, July 17, 11am – 12pm
Rob Snyder, Secretary, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Associate Professor, FAS-Newark, Department of Arts, Culture and Media