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July 9, 2014

Analysis: Christie's Options Limited When It Comes to Plans for PARCC Testing
John Mooney | Education
The governor has hinted publicly at a compromise on new PARCC tests, but what will he do and when will he do it?
State Banks on Energy Resiliency to Keep Critical Facilities Up and Running
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
BPU's Energy Resiliency Bank will finance projects that keep delivering electricity even when power grid goes down
Profile: NJ High School Principal Ahead Of Curve On Technology -- and Tweets
John Mooney | Profiles
With 64,500 followers on Twitter, Eric Sheninger is the embodiment of using technology as a teaching tool
Opinion: Why Doesn't the State DEP Believe in Global Climate Change?
R. William Potter | Opinion
The department's revised coastal regulations runs to 1,000 pages with not a mention of climate change
Residents of Tiny Community Ravaged by Hurricane Sandy Now Face Big Decision
WHYY/NewsWorks | Sandy
State offers $10 million buyout of nearly four-dozen properties destroyed or severely damaged by superstorm

July 8, 2014

Sandy Czar, We Hardly Knew Ye
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
The czar in charge of New Jersey's Sandy recovery is resigning in the very same manner in which he ran some 50 programs dispensing federal storm aid: Quietly . . .
Is Sandy Debris in Roxbury's Fenimore Landfill Poisoning Town's Children, Adults?
Scott Gurian | Energy & Environment, Sandy
Environmentalists blame state and say new rules are needed
Christie Takes Another Tack to Get Out of Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Administration will follow formal rulemaking process, making it virtually inevitable that New Jersey will not participate in RGGI
Hespe Helps Take Hearsay Out of Newark 'Working Group'
John Mooney | Education
In one of his first public statements, acting commissioner details plans and purpose for working group, comments on Anderson's annual review
Explainer: A Primer on Homelessness in the State of New Jersey
Hank Kalet | Social, Explainer
Point-in-time count reveals that nearly 14,000 men, women, and children had no place to call home -- excluding tent encampments, abandoned buildings, and the like -- at the start of the year
PSE&G 'Energy Strong' Gets Cooking On Hoboken Gas Grid
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Out with the old low-pressure cast-iron mains, in with high-pressure plastic pipe that won’t be flooded out by a storm surge
Agenda: State BOE Takes Up Standards Renewal, Special Ed Regs
John Mooney | Education
Regulations for special education back for a second try, along with teacher effectiveness, charter schools, and a new president

July 7, 2014

Christie: Neither Gun Lobby Nor Sandy Hook Families Prompted My Veto
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that neither lobbying from gun rights advocates nor visits from parents of children killed in the 2012 Connecticut school shooting affected his decision to veto a major gun control bill last week . . .
Port Authority Panel’s Focus on Asset Divestiture Raises Questions
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Key issues on future of Port Authority loom at Degnan’s confirmation hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee
Overburdened NJ Food Pantries Challenged to Feed More Hungry Clients
Hank Kalet | Social
Changes in federal utility allowance could mean less to eat for third of families now receiving food assistance
Climate Change May Hit Urban Poor the Hardest, According to New Report
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
People of color, low-income neighborhoods may be more vulnerable to exposure to toxins, other damaging effects of extreme storms like Sandy
Codey Wants Coaches, Schools to Step Up Anti-Steroid Efforts
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Senator's bill would make steroid testing of students permanent, nine years after executive order introducing it
The List: 10 Tips to Save Energy During Hot Weather From the BPU
Tom Johnson | The List
Just because the temperature is soaring doesn't mean your energy bills have to follow suit
Poll: What Do You Think of the Governor's Veto of the Latest Gun Bill?
Is Chris Christie protecting the Second Amendment, pandering to his political base, or . . . ?
Fine Print: Summer Checklists for Final Transition to Common Core, PARCC
John Mooney | Education
State puts out guides for schools to check whether curriculum aligns with new nationwide standards and tests

July 3, 2014

Democrats Accuse Christie of Prioritizing Politics Over Women’s Health
Tara Nurin | Healthcare, Politics
This week’s budget cuts imperil uninsured and low-income women’s access to healthcare, they say
Newark 'Working Group' Raises More Uncertainty in Troubled District
John Mooney | Education, Data Library
Initiated as condition of Superintendent Anderson's contract renewal, first task is to review unpopular One Newark reorganization
Bill Would Tighten Oversight of 'Companion Services' for Elderly
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Home healthcare providers raise concerns about quality, others say bill would put them out of business
State, Conservationists Join to Block Seismic Testing off Barnegat Bay
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
DEP scheduled to file challenge in federal court today, arguing that testing will have negative impact on marine life, commercial fishing
PSE&G Solar Cuts Deal for New Facility Near Sizzling and Sunny El Paso
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Texas purchase adds another 13 megawatts to solar subsidiary's overall portfolio -- for $22 million
Poll: Right Direction? Wrong Direction? No Direction? What's With COAH?
COAH has new rules, or does it? What's the next step for the Council on Affordable Housing?

July 2, 2014

Undocumented Children: The Human Face of New Jersey's Tragic Immigration Crisis
Hank Kalet | Social
How do kids who have crossed the border from Mexico end up in New Jersey -- and in the state's immigration courts?
University Hospital Makes Strides Since Restructuring, But Faces New Challenges
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
CEO aims to eliminate deficit in three years, make case for preserving hospital’s major role in northern New Jersey healthcare
Profile: The Simplest Wishes Have a Way of Coming True, Thanks to Her Initiative
Paula Saha | Profiles
With her NJ-based nonprofit, One Simple Wish, Danielle Gletow is touching the lives of kids in foster care all across the country
Legislature Gets Grade of ‘Incomplete’ on Unresolved Charter-School Issues
John Mooney | Education
Christie, meanwhile, vetoes $3 million in extra aid while long-discussed legislation still hangs fire