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One Last Question: The Candidates on District Consolidation

John Mooney | October 11, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017

Home rule is still the order of the day, but both candidates understand the economic boost that would come with regionalization

South Jersey School District Shuts Down Because of Mold Contamination

WHYY News | October 13, 2017 | Education
Parents express frustration with way officials in Monroe Township have handled the problem
Small Steps in Dyslexia Education Add up to Measurable Progress
John Mooney | October 11, 2017 | Education
The release of a long-awaited educator’s guidebook, as well as pending legislation on teaching reading, truly help make October Dyslexia Awareness Month
PARCC Past, PARCC Present, and PARCC Future
NJ Spotlight Staff | October 6, 2017 | Education
Knowing where PARCC has been may help get a sense of where the online test is going
Latest PARCC Results Released, But Fate of Tests After Elections Is Murky
John Mooney | September 29, 2017 | Education
Most recent scores show gains statewide, but proficiency levels in math and language arts don’t break 60 percent of test takers
NJ School Districts Asking Voters for $320M for Renovations and Repair
Colleen O'Dea | September 26, 2017 | Education
Projects in 15 districts range from windows and ceiling tiles to building expansion, high-tech installations, and enhancements to make schools world class
Murphy Questions Why State Takeovers Target ‘Communities of Color’
John Mooney | September 25, 2017 | Education
Democratic hopeful for governor also talks about Paterson, another city where state is in control of local schools
Colleges, Universities in NJ Urged to Make Strategic Plan
NJTV News Online | September 20, 2017 | Education
Higher education in Garden State is bedeviled by duplication, over-capacity, and ‘there’s really too much competition,’ professor says
Local Control of Camden Schools Not on a Fast Track
John Mooney | September 18, 2017 | Education
Mayor, superintendent say schools have improved since state took over the district but obstacles to autonomy remain
As Newark Prepares to Take Control of Schools, Former Superintendent Looks Back
WNYC News | September 15, 2017 | Education
Marion Bolden, who served as state-appointed super from 1999 to 2008, puts the move in perspective
Brave New World for Newark Schools as State Cedes Control
John Mooney | September 14, 2017 | Education
With one struggle ended, politicians, educators, advocates, and parents look to new challenges
Latest Teacher Evaluations Show Progress in ‘Effective’ Educators
John Mooney | September 11, 2017 | Education
AchieveNJ also notes that too many high ratings might mean missed opportunities for ‘coaching’ and ‘training’
At First Day of School, Newark Also Celebrates Soon-to-End State Control
John Mooney | September 6, 2017 | Education
Mayor Baraka and state-appointed superintendent Cerf both acknowledge significant gains district has made in past few years
Back-to-School Special: Policy, Politics, and the Upcoming Elections
John Mooney | September 5, 2017 | Education
Education always plays a big part in New Jersey politics, but this year it’s going to be an even more critical factor thanks to the gubernatorial race
NJ Strives to Stay Ahead in Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution
John Reitmeyer | August 18, 2017 | Education
Automation, online tracking, drone delivery, and robotics are among topics and skill sets the state wants education system to help tomorrow’s workers to master
The Long Goodbye: State Board Plans Newark Exit Strategy
John Mooney | August 18, 2017 | Education
With demonstrable progress made — and most of the rancor laid to rest — Newark prepares to resume local control
With Vo-Techs Turning away Students, Lawmakers Consider Bond Issue
John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2017 | Education, Politics
Referendum is likely a year off, but manufacturers are already saying they have more job openings than skilled workers, adding urgency to the initiative
State Board Issues Guidelines for Social and Emotional Education …
John Mooney | August 14, 2017 | Education
… and NJ Spotlight speaks with Rutgers’ Maurice Elias, international leader in emotional intelligence, school success, and character development
Charting Student Loan Debt Across the Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | August 11, 2017 | Education, Map of the Week
Which New Jersey students leave school with the most debt? Which are carrying the least?
New Jersey One of Few States to Win Approval of Fed Education Plan
John Mooney | August 10, 2017 | Education
Garden State’s accountability and monitoring plans center on supporting specific student groups, moving beyond testing to gauge school performance
Law Caps Size of Student Loans to Keep Them from Overburdening Borrowers
Colleen O'Dea | August 9, 2017 | Education
Goal is to put a check on HESAA, which has come in for criticisms of its ‘predatory’ lending practices
NJEA PAC Announces Its Picks for 2017 Legislative Races
John Mooney | August 7, 2017 | Education
While typically true blue, Democratic-leaning union makes some GOP exceptions, and withholds endorsement for Sweeney and Ruiz
Administration Alerts Districts About Qualifying for $25M in New Pre-K Funds
John Mooney | August 3, 2017 | Education
Department of Education says money is meant for 100+ districts with high concentrations of poor families
Getting to Know You: Meet the New State Board of Education
John Mooney | August 3, 2017 | Education
With different leadership in place and six new members, the board is as close to a full house as it has been for some time
Putting the Latest PARCC Results in Perspective
John Mooney | July 27, 2017 | Education
More New Jersey students are passing the online exams, but are enough of them attaining the top scores?
Legislators Go Only Part Way to Help Those Struggling with Student Loans
Colleen O'Dea | July 26, 2017 | Education
Progress has definitely been made, but a loan rehabilitation program for those in default seems to have been abandoned
On the Record with Arcelio Aponte, New President of State Board of Ed
John Mooney | July 26, 2017 | Education
In his second stint in the top slot, look for Aponte to advocate for PARCC, push to lift state controls on Newark and Jersey City
Job Initiatives Help Steer Grads to Construction Union Jobs
NJTV News Online | July 24, 2017 | Education
For many New Jersey residents, these programs are a lifeline to a better future
Fine Print: NJ Revises Accountability Plan for Federal Approval
John Mooney | July 21, 2017 | Education
Seven years after Race to the Top fiasco, Christie administration goes through federal review of its latest accountability plan
Christie’s Charter Legacy: A Clear Record of Growth
John Mooney | July 18, 2017 | Education
In the eight years the governor has headed up state government, charter school enrollment has more than doubled
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