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New Jersey’s Public Schools Still Among Most Segregated in Nation

John Mooney | November 20, 2017 | Education

Almost 10 percent of all students attend “apartheid schools,” where 99 percent or more of the student body is nonwhite

NJEA Spent $5.7M of Union Dues on Recent Election

NJTV News | November 17, 2017 | Education, Politics
Many members erroneously believe teachers union spent only funds from voluntary donations on recent political battles
At AC Teachers Convention, Many Claim ‘Disconnect’ from Politics
Carly Sitrin | November 13, 2017 | Education
There may not be much interest in NJEA’s costly attempt to unseat Sen. Sweeney, but Gov.-elect Murphy gets roaring welcome from crowd
From Pro-Assad Syrian Diplomat to Teaching Politics at Rutgers University
Matt Katz | WNYC News | November 13, 2017 | Education
New Lighthouse District Initiative Shines Light on Top Schools
John Mooney | November 7, 2017 | Education
Rollout of initial recipients spotlights small districts that are very smart about how they use data to tune curriculum, teacher advancement
Understanding, Addressing Disproportionality in NJ Schools
Dr. Jennifer Meller and Matthew Korobkin | November 6, 2017 | Education, Sponsored Content
Disproportionality can be defined as an over-representation of students from certain racial/ethnic groups in special-education programs
Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Deeply Divided on Education
John Mooney | November 2, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
From school funding to student testing, Murphy and Guadagno could be speaking different languages
Governor’s Race 2017: Murphy, Guadagno Short on Specifics for Higher Ed
Colleen O'Dea | October 27, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Both have ambitious plans to boost STEM studies, slow tuition increases, ease student debt — but neither has a roadmap showing how to get there from here
Tackling the Toughest Questions Facing NJ’s Public Education System
John Mooney | October 18, 2017 | Education
A new report in the “Crossroads NJ” series recommends a variety of solutions to problems like school funding and segregation
New Bond Issue Edges Closer as Vo-Techs Make Case for Urgent State Funding
John Reitmeyer | October 18, 2017 | Education
Garden State’s vocational high schools appeal for more money to help them keep pace with the rising demand for technical training
Memo to Next Governor: Appoint Blue Ribbon Panel on Higher Education
Colleen O'Dea | October 17, 2017 | Education
State support for higher education has diminished markedly in past two decades, while tuition has gone up without making more funding available to low-income and middle-class students
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
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
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?
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