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Sweeney Pushes to Keep His School-Funding Plan Alive
John Mooney | January 9, 2017 | Education
Senate president adds new wrinkle to scheme, a select committee to investigate school funding statewide
NJ Spotlight and WHYY Newsworks Talk Christie and Charters
John Mooney | January 6, 2017 | Education
Will the governor make this a big bang issue or will he let it just fade away in his last year in office?
Critics, Advocates Pump Up Volume of Charter-School Debates
John Mooney | January 5, 2017 | Education
After protest moves indoors, meeting of state Board of Education turns into lively discussion of whether NJ needs charters at all
Agenda: Public Hearings on Charters and Private Schools
John Mooney | January 4, 2017 | Education
State Board hears from the public on new charter regulations and those for private special-ed schools
Education 2017: You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Scorecard
John Mooney | January 3, 2017 | Education
Can Christie continue to dominate? Will the chief justice shape the state’s top court’s ruling on Abbott? Who’s likely to head up the NJEA …
2016 Education Recap: Policy Debates More Fizzle than Pop
John Mooney | December 22, 2016 | Education
Politics, personalities, and other weighty issues contribute to stalled agendas
Public School Teachers Earn Mostly High Grades on Evaluations
John Mooney | December 16, 2016 | Education
But will fewer top scores be seen as student performance is weighted more heavily?
With Some Gains in Camden Schools, Local Control Is Put on the Table
John Mooney | December 9, 2016 | Education
State-appointed superintendent says some autonomy may be seen ‘sooner than later’
Governor Benches Biedron, No Reappointment for BOE President
John Mooney | December 8, 2016 | Education
Although outspoken, Biedron and governor didn’t clash on issues, making the news a surprise to many
Few Class of 2016 Graduates Manage to Pass PARCC Tests
John Mooney | December 7, 2016 | Education
Christie administration releases data that shows only one in 10 students earned their diploma by successfully tackling PARCC
Agenda: Camden School Takeover to Get a Close-Up
John Mooney | December 6, 2016 | Education
New federal education law and school accountability requirements also on the agenda for State Board
Knowledge, Cash Critical in Fight Against Lead Poisoning in NJ’s Kids
Meir Rinde | November 22, 2016 | Education, Healthcare
Experts argue that education professionals — superintendents, teachers, nurses, and school psychologists — must learn to identify symptoms of this deadly epidemic
Candidate Phil Murphy Tells It Like He Sees It at NJEA Convention
John Mooney | November 21, 2016 | Education
The Democratic frontrunner for his party’s nomination talks Trump and pension reform, undocumented immigrants, school funding, and PARCC — among other topics
Administration Poised To Ease Superintendent Salary Caps
John Mooney | November 17, 2016 | Education
Under new regulations, school leaders could earn $191,000 — not including bonuses and merit pay
Christie, Trump, and Public Education in New Jersey
John Mooney | November 14, 2016 | Education
The governor may go, the president-elect is something of a cipher, but it’s still possible to rough out a few likely changes to education policy
Nine More Charters Apply to Open Their Doors in New Jersey
John Mooney | November 4, 2016 | Education
Applicants include schools already represented in some towns and cities, such as Paterson
Wide Achievement Gap Persists Despite New PARCC Exams
John Mooney | November 3, 2016 | Education
Still release of school-by-school scores reveals many gains virtually statewide
Newark School Chief Urges End to LIFO
Meir Rinde | November 3, 2016 | Education
Lawsuit argues layoffs should be based on merit, not seniority, while union says that would leave schools vulnerable to politics
Agenda: School-by-School PARCC Scores to Be Released
John Mooney | November 1, 2016 | Education
State board to hear report on Year 2 of PARCC testing, along with further debate on charter schools and report from Newark schools
Top Democrats Disagree on How to Craft New School-Funding Plan
John Mooney | October 31, 2016 | Education
Split between Sweeney, Prieto comes as Christie pushes his ‘Fairness Formula,’ which would level per-student aid throughout NJ
Opponents of Christie’s PARCC Graduation Requirements Go to Court
John Mooney | October 25, 2016 | Education
Advocates say requirements violate state law, argue NJ has high graduation rates because students have multiple paths to diplomas
Beleaguered Christie Holds Town Hall in Friendly Territory
John Mooney | October 19, 2016 | Education
But even in suburban New Providence some question his ‘Fairness Formula’ to equalize state aid to schools
Phil Murphy Hedges on Charter Schools, Says ‘It’s Complicated’
John Mooney | October 17, 2016 | Education
‘NJ Spotlight on Cities’ brings early focus to charter schools in 2017 governor’s race
Christie Proposes Giving Top-Performing Charter Schools New Flexibility
John Mooney | October 6, 2016 | Education
Education chief says easing certification rules for teachers would be five-year pilot program
NJ’s Teacher of the Year: From Armenia to Pascack Valley High
John Mooney | October 6, 2016 | Education
The first arts teacher to win the honor in more than ten years, refugee Argine Safari has found her passion teaching music
Salaries for NJ Teachers Moving Up After Several Years in Doldrums
John Mooney | October 5, 2016 | Education
Teachers union says pay hikes do not compensate for bigger employee contributions to pensions and healthcare
Agenda: New Charter School Regulations Finally Unveiled
John Mooney | October 4, 2016 | Education
State board to take first look at Christie’s deregulation proposal; NJ Teacher of Year also to be announced
NJ Spotlight on Cities Puts ‘Community Schools’ in Perspective
John Mooney | October 4, 2016 | Education
As the name suggests, ‘community schools’ serve as the nexus for a range of services, one of them being education
Keeping College Within Reach for Middle- and Working-Class Families
Chase Brush | September 28, 2016 | Education
With state investment in higher education continuing to decline, a new blueprint suggests ways to alleviate the burden on students and their families
As More NJ Students Go Hungry, More Colleges Open Food Pantries
Tara Nurin | September 27, 2016 | Education, Social
Amid growing recognition that some students are going hungry, Rutgers-New Brunswick is the latest university in New Jersey to open a food pantry
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