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KIPP Network’s ‘Renaissance School’ Builds on First Year of Operations in Camden

John Mooney | March 30, 2015 | Education

New facility set to replace trailers helps to boost charter’s enrollment for next fall

Fine Print: PARCC Opt-Out Bill Passes Unanimously in State Assembly

John Mooney | March 27, 2015 | Education
Future hardly assured with Senate so far quiet on setting statewide policy for families refusing to let kids take test
Newark School Budget Not as Explosive, But Fireworks Still Appear Likely
John Mooney | March 27, 2015 | Education
No school closings planned, but hundreds of teacher and administrative layoffs seem likely under $990M spending plan
Five of Camden District’s Worst Public Schools Will Go the Charter Route
John Mooney | March 26, 2015 | Education
Most students will stay in same neighborhood schools while new private operators take over facilities
Fine Print: New Charter School Study Praises NJ Gains, Draws NJ fire
John Mooney | March 25, 2015 | Education
Stanford researchers find significant gains for New Jersey urban charters over district schools
Is Christie Administration Shifting to Charter School Expansions vs. New Openings?
John Mooney | March 24, 2015 | Education
While only one new charter application won approval, complete policy picture is more complex
Hespe Stands Firm on PARCC in Face of Tough Questions from School Principals
John Mooney | March 23, 2015 | Education
Promises to weigh impact of ‘opt-outs’ on assessment of teachers and schools, but asserts that new testing will prove its worth
Student Privacy Debate Dominates Assembly Panel’s Meeting on PARCC Tests
John Mooney | March 20, 2015 | Education
Lawmakers, education officials at loggerheads over monitoring of student postings on social media
Op-Ed: Teachable Moments -- Our Family’s Real Reasons for Refusing the PARCC
Douglas B. Larkin | March 19, 2015 | Education, Opinion
Ultimately, forcing standardized test upon students and schools is a matter of power – and the right to protest and dissent
State Renews 14 Charter Schools, but Puts Seven of Them on Probation
John Mooney | March 18, 2015 | Education
Mixed numbers indicate tricky balancing act -- foster charters while maintaining high standards
State Officials, Testing Firm Asked to Explain ‘Disturbing’ Monitoring of Tweets
John Mooney | March 17, 2015 | Education
Assembly education committee chairman looks askance at surveillance of Twitter accounts for possible PARRC security breaches
Surveillance of Twitter Feeds Turn Attention to Online Test Security
John Mooney | March 16, 2015 | Education
Pearson reports that student tweets raise concerns about possible PARCC cheating
Only One New Charter School Gets Go-Ahead, While Two Others Must Close
John Mooney | March 16, 2015 | Education
While renewing 14 charters for existing schools, state officials also reject closely watched plans to turn two Camden public schools into charters
Education Commissioner Offers Forceful Defense of New PARCC Testing
John Mooney | March 13, 2015 | Education
Hespe tells Senate panel participation is high despite ‘opt-out’ campaign, which he says is largely fueled by misinformation
Commissioner Hespe Talks PARCC Testing to Senate Education Committee
John Mooney | March 12, 2015 | Education
Senate panel is interested in getting answers about controversial online tests, but just in case a few more questions are needed ...
Camden Teacher Pact Rings True – Without Bells, Whistles of Earlier Deals
John Mooney | March 11, 2015 | Education
Contract awards 2 percent pay hike and retroactive pay, while state wins more instructional time and more flexible classroom scheduling
Fine Print: Anderson Answers Legislature’s Questions About ‘One Newark,’ Budget
John Mooney | March 10, 2015 | Education
Newark schools superintendent submits 35-page response to legislators’ questions in preview of follow-up hearing today
Doing the Math: PARCC Tests Will Cost State 10 Percent More Than Before
John Mooney | March 10, 2015 | Education
Biggest reason for increase is that 200,000 more NJ students are taking standardized exams; administering tests online helps reduce expense
Christie Appointee to Panel Studying Testing Has Unique Insight– He’s a Teacher
John Mooney | March 9, 2015 | Education
Educator supports PARCC but worries about challenges for poorer students; NJ Spotlight offers one last sample question to try your hand at standardized exam
Winter Storm Stalls PARCC Tests – and Debate Over Their Future Use in New Jersey
John Mooney | March 6, 2015 | Education
Snowed in? Try tackling some sample questions from the 3rd-grade language arts exam
How State's Teachers Get Trained, Licensed Comes Under Board’s Scrutiny
John Mooney | March 5, 2015 | Education
Questions raised about proposed reforms in standards for both alternate-route and traditional college-level education programs
PARCC Testing Debate Shifts Once Again From Classroom to Political Arena
John Mooney | March 5, 2015 | Education
While adults go back and forth, NJ Spotlight offers more sample questions from the controversial standardized exam
Nearly Quarter-Million NJ Students Take PARCC Exams on Day Two of Testing
John Mooney | March 4, 2015 | Education
Can you pass 11th-grade language arts test? Try answering a sample question from the exam
Despite Raucous Run-Up, Day One of PARCC Testing Was Mostly Uneventful
John Mooney | March 3, 2015 | Education
Sharpen those pencils: NJ Spotlight continues its PARCC testing with several samples from the math test for third-graders
Agenda: State Board of Education Takes Up Teacher Preparation and Support
John Mooney | March 3, 2015 | Education
Other topics to be tackled include criteria for linking student performance to teacher evaluations
Should the State Offload Teacher Retirement Benefits Onto Local School Districts?
John Reitmeyer | March 2, 2015 | Budget, Education
That’s one of the suggestions of Christie’s expert commission, but the big question is what happens to property taxes
PARCC Tests in Language Arts, Math Start Today for Students in New Jersey
John Mooney | March 2, 2015 | Education
Can you make the grade? Try a sample question from the 5th-grade language arts exam
Cami Anderson Gets Another Year at Newark Helm -- Plus a Performance Bonus
John Mooney | February 27, 2015 | Education
State senator assails 'terrible decision' while student leader vows more protests aimed at ousting superintendent
Conservative Radio Host Grills Christie on Common Core Flip-Flop
John Mooney | February 27, 2015 | Education, Politics
Asked at CPAC gathering about controversial academic standards he once supported, governor says he now has ‘implementation regrets’
Districts Get Official Word: State Aid Payments Frozen for Most Schools Next Year
John Mooney | February 26, 2015 | Budget, Education
Some are glad that funds won’t be cut despite fiscal woes; others note than once again Christie isn’t complying with full-funding law
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