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NJ Legislature Looks to Throw the Books at High Cost of College Education

Colleen O'Dea | June 18, 2018 | Education

Lawmakers want schools to come up with plans to use ‘open textbooks,’ which do not require students to buy expensive access codes that unlock online assignments and quizzes

Burlington County Leads with $20M Initiative for Greater School Security

Carly Sitrin | June 15, 2018 | Education
Board of Freeholders dedicates half the capital budget to beef up safety at 21 public high schools
Fine Print: Ruiz-Madden Bill Package Protect Students from Sexual Abuse
John Mooney | June 15, 2018 | Education
Hidden video catches union leaders saying they’d protect teachers
Small New Jersey Town Takes On School-Funding Fight
Karen Rouse | WNYC News | June 13, 2018 | Education
The comfortable community of Chesterfield sits squarely at the center of the battle over how New Jersey funds public education
Closer to Compromise: Can Sweeney and Murphy Reach Closure on School Funding?
John Mooney | June 8, 2018 | Education
Both camps are reporting progress, without releasing any details, with the Senate president suggesting the sides may be ‘close’
Lawmakers Wrestle with Troubling Topic: Sexual Abuse at School
John Mooney | June 1, 2018 | Education
Joint session responds to videotape of union leaders dismissing claims of teacher misconduct, but struggles to determine what’s missing from current regulations
Envisioning the Future with Newark’s Roger León
John Mooney | May 31, 2018 | Education
In a far-ranging Q&A with NJ Spotlight, Newark’s new superintendent of schools touches on changes and challenges facing the state’s largest district
Murphy Offers Loan Aid, Intern Funding to Keep STEM Students and Jobs in NJ
John Reitmeyer | May 30, 2018 | Education, Politics
Students in high-tech fields would be eligible for up to $8,000 in debt forgiveness, in program governor promotes as ‘small down payment’ for significant economic return
Newark Chooses One of Its Own to Serve as District Super
John Mooney | May 23, 2018 | Education
After more than two decades of state control of its schools, New Jersey’s largest city names Roger León to the top post
New Jersey Hit with Major Lawsuit Arguing It Must End School Segregation
Colleen O'Dea | May 18, 2018 | Education, Social
Legal action — led by former justice of state Supreme Court — looks to strike down law requiring students attend schools in their own communities
End of Debt Nightmare in Sight for Students Who’ve Defaulted on Loans
Colleen O'Dea | May 16, 2018 | Education
Senate committee votes out bill requiring NJ Higher Education Assistance Authority to offer loan modification and consolidation to students in default
Putting Acting Commissioner Repollet’s Staff Picks in Perspective
John Mooney | May 11, 2018 | Education
As he names assistant commissioners, Repollet draws both on newcomers and on department veterans
What Do High Scores on NAEP Mean for Murphy’s PARCC Plans?
John Mooney | May 7, 2018 | Education
With NJ ranked at or near top on the Nation’s Report Card, some members of state board aren’t so sure PARCC needs to be scrapped
Paterson Starts on Long Road Back to Local Control
John Mooney | May 3, 2018 | Education
More than two decades after the takeover, state starts to review how it makes these critical decisions
How One University Is Luring Top Honors Students with Social Justice
Matt Krupnick | The Hechinger Report | May 3, 2018 | Education
To revitalize its home city, Rutgers University-Newark has started an honors program that looks beyond test scores to students’ commitment to equality and social change
Q&A with David Socolow, the New Executive Director at HESAA
Colleen O'Dea | May 1, 2018 | Education
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority is reinventing itself — with some legislative help — as an agency commited to helping students borrow wisely, without incurring a burden of debt
Repollet Delivers PARCC Pitch and Plan to Educators
John Mooney | April 30, 2018 | Education
Acting education commissioner explains where the state is with the contentious test — and where it’s headed
Racial tensions flare at Newark’s elite Science Park High School
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | April 26, 2018 | Education
Parents, teachers, administrators, and students wrestle with admission policies that some say are racist
Acting Education Commissioner Says PARCC Here for at Least Another Year
John Mooney | April 24, 2018 | Education
Repollet explains the expensive ins and outs of ending one testing program and ramping up another
What Would ‘Full Funding’ of School Aid Look Like? Add $2.3B to Districts
John Mooney | April 24, 2018 | Education
OLS releases figures that put a price tag on full funding — increase would be offset by reduction of $660 million in transition aid
Does School Security Mean Transforming Facilities into Fortresses?
Carly Sitrin | April 19, 2018 | Education
Active shooter drills, armed guards, video surveillance, safety training for all personnel, including lunch aides and janitors — is this the new face of education in New Jersey?
Repollet Walks Back Stance on School Aid, Says He’s Open to Compromise
John Mooney | April 18, 2018 | Education
Administration’s willingness to shift gears may get acting commissioner through the full confirmation process
Students’ Lives Are Priceless, But School Security Can Break the Budget
Carly Sitrin | April 17, 2018 | Education
After Sandy Hook and Parkland, schools need military-grade imaging, metal detectors, wands, magnetic locks, ID card scanners, and surveillance cameras with livestream capabilities
One on One with Paymon Rouhanifard, Camden’s Departing Superintendent
John Mooney | April 16, 2018 | Education
Rouhanifard fields questions about progress in Camden, rise of charters, carrying his work forward, statewide exams, and coaching b-ball at Camden High
Beyond Signs and Slogans: What Does Rutgers’ Adjunct Faculty Want?
Carly Sitrin | April 13, 2018 | Education
Part-time lecturers are asking for pay equity, affordable healthcare, and job security. Rutgers says it can’t afford to fund those requests
Pain Relief for College Students Overburdened by Loan Debt
Colleen O'Dea | April 12, 2018 | Education
Legislators turn their attention to problems facing student borrowers, backing bills that would keep them from being overwhelmed by loan repayments
NJ Public Schools Perform on Par or Better on ‘Nation’s Report Card’
John Mooney | April 11, 2018 | Education
Despite progress among poor and minority students, achievement gaps must still be bridged
Murphy Earmarks $53M for Statewide Expansion of Pre-K
NJTV News | April 10, 2018 | Education
Governor says there’s ‘violent agreement’ about wisdom of investing in early education as he promotes funding for 5,300 new preschool slots
Repollet Confirmation, as Much Celebration as Cross-Examination
John Mooney | March 27, 2018 | Education
Murphy’s choice for commissioner of education draws applause at Senate Judiciary hearing
A Beautiful Picture: NJ Schools Offer Art Classes for Almost Every Student
Carly Sitrin | March 23, 2018 | Education
Art educators say it’s about more than painting or music or drama; art helps students explore who they are and can help them find their way in life
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