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Legislature Drifts Toward Allowing Virtual Learning When Snow Shuts Schools

John Mooney | October 24, 2014 | Education

Pre-planned online classes taken from home could count toward current mandate of 180 days in classroom

Schools Told to Look at Sports, Other Student Activities for Problems

John Mooney | October 23, 2014 | Education
Memo sent to all NJ districts in wake of Sayreville High School scandal offers guidance on resources available for dealing with bullying, hazing
Five New Charter Schools Get Preliminary OK from State Officials
John Mooney | October 23, 2014 | Education
Two approvals are in Plainfield; proposed all-boys charter in Trenton rejected because state law prohibits enrollment based on race or gender
State’s Top Democrats Take Stock of Education Reforms in the Offing
John Mooney | October 22, 2014 | Education
Sweeney, Prieto say they mostly support Common Core and related testing, but predict big adjustments ahead for NJ schools
Arbitrator Rules Newark Teacher Must Be Rehired, Given Back Pay
John Mooney | October 21, 2014 | Education
Decision says schools Superintendent Cami Anderson was premature in citing dismissal guidelines in state’s new tenure law
Fine Print: Charter-School Bill Chock Full of Details -- Some New, Some Familiar
John Mooney | October 20, 2014 | Education
Ruiz’s legislation notable for setting up second authorizing body as well as calling for performance contracts and NJ residency mandate
Long-Discussed Charter-School Reform Bill Finally Gets Legislative Hearing
John Mooney | October 17, 2014 | Education
But debate is likely to take months, as hurdles ahead include Christie administration content with status quo for reviewing, approving new charters
Newark School Chief Paints Picture of Bright Future on the Horizon
John Mooney | October 16, 2014 | Education
But harsh reality of community opposition to reforms and state-aid crunch casts shadow over upbeat presentation
Talking About Many Issues Raised by Football Scandal in Sayreville
John Mooney | October 16, 2014 | Education, Social
NJ Spotlight education reporter and radio host discuss anti-bullying law, how it came into play, and whether it goes far enough
NJ Teacher of the Year Puts Theory into Practice with Autistic Preschoolers
John Mooney | October 15, 2014 | Education
Hoboken-based educator touts data-driven, technology-heavy approach and individual attention at young age
NJ Tries to Address Questions, Concerns About Alternate Routes to Diploma
John Mooney | October 14, 2014 | Education
Minimum score on SAT, appeals process to demonstrate proficiency will be among possible paths to graduation
Sayreville High School Case Spotlights NJ's Landmark Anti-Bullying Law
John Mooney | October 10, 2014 | Education, Social
Alarms sounded after revelation of allegations that young football players were abused by older teammates
Fine Print: Bill Would Study Possible Benefits of Later Start Times for Schools
John Mooney | October 9, 2014 | Education
Sen. Richard Codey to ask for study of school schedules and impact of sleep deprivation on learning
Special-Education Task Force to Launch Statewide ‘Listening Tour’ Next Week
John Mooney | October 9, 2014 | Education
Administration looks to public for best ways to serve New Jersey’s students with disabilities
Food for Thought: NJ Schools Making Sure Kids Eat Breakfast
Colleen O'Dea | October 8, 2014 | Education, Maps
Participation rises 15 percent as educators, advocates for low-income children stress impact on concentration and learning
State Education Officials Seek Ways to Reduce School Absentee Rates
John Mooney | October 7, 2014 | Education
Mentoring program in Paterson cited as low-cost, highly effective way to get kids to spend more time in classroom
Ed Department's Structure Undergoes Some Fine-Tuning But No Major Overhaul
John Mooney | October 6, 2014 | Education
Acting Commissioner David Hespe moves to fill several vacancies and adds new position, but refrains from drastic changes
Assembly Leaders Lend Support to Teacher-Training Proposals by NJEA
John Mooney | October 3, 2014 | Education
Support creation of study panel, propose legislative and regulatory moves to enact reforms
PARCC: A Five-Letter Word for Difference of Opinion in Education
John Mooney | October 3, 2014 | Education
State’s announcement of PARCC path to high-school diploma earns kudos and criticisms from teachers, administrators, legal experts
Administration Wants to Be Clear About PARCC’s Role in High-School Graduation
John Mooney | October 2, 2014 | Education
State officials look to lay out their position on new online tests, while NJ’s largest teachers union voices its displeasure
NJ Education Officials Unveil Test Requirements for High-Schoolers to Graduate
John Mooney | October 1, 2014 | Education
While plan offers options in lieu of passing PARCC exams, critics say plan breaks promise to delay mandate
11 Schools in New Jersey Win Coveted Federal ‘Blue Ribbon’ Designation
John Mooney | October 1, 2014 | Education
This year’s recipients include eight public schools, two private schools and one charter
Explainer: Getting Inside the Urban Hope Act -- and ‘Renaissance Schools’
John Mooney | September 30, 2014 | Education, Explainer
Opening the way for charter networks to gain a toehold in the city, new law could transform education in Camden
Agenda: NJ's Teacher of the Year Will Get Day in the Sun as Board Honors Winner
John Mooney | September 30, 2014 | Education
State Board of Education will announce recipient for 2014, discuss familiar topics of testing and teacher quality
NJEA, Other Education Groups Push Own Proposals for Teacher Improvements
John Mooney | September 29, 2014 | Education
‘Taking Back the Profession’ report includes call for new tier of ‘teacher leaders’ and more mentoring
New Jersey Students Will Be Spending More Time Taking New Online Tests
John Mooney | September 26, 2014 | Education
Latest PARCC update indicates that tests could take as much as 10 hours spread over a half-dozen days
Interactive Map: Tracking Crime at NJ’s Post-Secondary Schools
Colleen O'Dea | September 26, 2014 | Education, Maps, Map of the Week
Princeton had highest rate of reported sexual offenses; burglaries are most frequent campus crime
Newark School Board Votes to Block Superintendent Anderson’s Pay
John Mooney | September 25, 2014 | Education
Members flex their newfound fiscal muscle, but embattled state-appointed school chief still holds the purse strings
New School-Funding Case Turns Spotlight on State’s Rural Districts
John Mooney | September 24, 2014 | Education
According to complaint, 16 poor school systems are being underfunded by nearly $20 million
Debates in Camden Continue -- But Is Anybody Listening to the Community?
John Mooney | September 24, 2014 | Education
Urban Hope Act comes up for final vote next week, could open way to further charter-school expansion in that city
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