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Sweeney Says It’s Time to Get Serious About Consolidating Schools in New Jersey

John Mooney | August 17, 2018 | Education

It’s not just about saving money, Senate President maintains, but delivering better education at a lower cost

Shock for Three School Districts as New Funding Comes Up Way Short

Carly Sitrin | August 9, 2018 | Education
Recent landmark reform was supposed to correct big imbalances in state aid to schools. Glassboro and two other districts get a nasty surprise
What’s Going to Replace PARCC? It’s Complicated
John Mooney | August 2, 2018 | Education
State Board of Education debates value of standardized testing, draws no conclusions. Parents, educators weigh in
Down Payment on Murphy’s Plan for Free Community College in NJ
Carly Sitrin | August 1, 2018 | Education
Starting in spring semester, hundreds of students may not have to pay tuition as pilot program is rolled out
Newark Students Struggle to Earn College Degree in Six Years
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | July 31, 2018 | Education
Whether students from Newark complete college depends in large part on which high school they attend, new report finds
ACLU-NJ Sues School Districts for Asking About Immigration Status
John Mooney and Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2018 | Education, Social
Attorney argues that districts illegally request photo licenses or state ID cards to prevent students from registering for schools
Rutgers–New Brunswick Chancellor Steps Down After Just One Year
Carly Sitrin | July 27, 2018 | Education
Debasish Dutta tells student his ‘vision for the chancellorship’ doesn’t mesh with the way the university sees the position
Big Changes to School Funding in NJ as Fragile Alliance Holds
John Mooney | July 25, 2018 | Education
New law to lessen disparities in aid, and governor promises every district will be fully funded by 2025
See How Much Your School District Is Gaining, or Losing, in ‘Redistributed’ Aid
John Mooney | July 16, 2018 | Education
There’s been a net increase of $350M in funding. Some districts are winners, but others are losers. Who wins, who loses?
PARCC Is on the Way Out, But Not Everyone Is Happy to See It Go
John Mooney | July 12, 2018 | Education
State board presented proposal to cut PARCC graduation requirements to just two tests, but some educators speak in favor of unpopular evaluation
Murphy Begins to Wind Down PARCC Testing in NJ Schools
John Mooney | July 11, 2018 | Education
Governor announces cuts in controversial program. But, having once promised to scrap it, he concedes it will take a while to replace it
New Superintendent of Newark’s Schools Promises Forward March
NJTV News | July 10, 2018 | Education
Roger León says he’s responsible for setting stage for what happens years down the line
Lawmakers Want to Borrow $1B for Education Items but Leave Voters with Final Say
John Reitmeyer | July 9, 2018 | Education, Politics
Bipartisan support to ask voters for massive bond. The money would go to school security, technical training, and cleaning up school water. Will governor sign on?
Homegrown Educator Charting New Course for Newark Schools
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | July 3, 2018 | Education
Roger León, the ultimate Brick City insider, gets chance to chart course for school district as era of state control has ended
‘Ecstatic’ Sweeney Wins Major Changes in School Funding
John Mooney | July 2, 2018 | Education
Governor agrees to consequential adjustments to state’s school funding law for which Senate President has long campaigned
NJ Close to Giving Prisoners Access to State Financial Aid for College Courses
Colleen O'Dea | July 2, 2018 | Education, Social
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey says initiative would be ‘a game changer,’ offering those who are incarcerated the prospect of a career rather than a return to the streets ‘with no hope’
Education Legislation: It’s Not Just About School Funding
John Mooney | June 26, 2018 | Education
Bills advancing in the State House address a variety of issues, from recess, seatbelts, and sexual abuse to helping private schools meet payroll for STEM teachers
Fine Print: School-funding changes easily pass Senate and Assembly
John Mooney | June 22, 2018 | Education
But how long will they survive in budget battle with Murphy?
For Murphy, Changes to Funding Formula Depend on Revenues to Fund Them
John Mooney | June 21, 2018 | Education
Governor calls revised school-funding scheme a ‘nice-looking half a loaf,’ but suggests everything depends on lawmakers giving him the revenue he’s asked for
School-Funding Bill Clears Committee, Breaking One Logjam With Murphy
John Mooney | June 20, 2018 | Education
Proponents claim $9 billion measure puts state on road to full funding within seven years
After Paramus Tragedy, Making School Buses Safer, Drivers More Accountable
Carly Sitrin | June 20, 2018 | Education
Lawmakers offer legislation to upgrade seat belts, strengthen training and regulation of drivers, and add to safety of special-needs students
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
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