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State Shifts Regional Achievement Center into Camden School District
John Mooney | August 10, 2015 | Education
NJ says the RACs, criticized by NJEA and other concerned parties, serve highest-need schools
Charter Teachers Typically Follow Traditional Routes to Certification
John Mooney | August 7, 2015 | Education
New staff at charters thus far follow tried-and-true path to fulfilling requirements, administration reports
New Superintendent Promises ‘Trust’ and ‘Healing,’ But Offers Few Specifics
John Mooney | August 6, 2015 | Education
Cerf pledges steps toward local control while vague on ‘One Newark’ and dealing with looming budget gap
Administration Holds Student Test Scores to 10% of Teacher Evaluations
John Mooney | August 6, 2015 | Education
Decision not to boost weighting to 20% comes in response to Democratic pressure, concerns about first-year results of PARCC exams
Mixed Evaluation Results Complicate Questions About Newark Schools
John Mooney | August 5, 2015 | Education
Status of return to local control to be addressed as new superintendent meets with State Board of Education today
Agenda: Board’s August Meeting Hardly Suffers from Late-Summer Doldrums
John Mooney | August 4, 2015 | Education
New superintendent in Newark, teacher evaluations and anti-bullying policies among items to be addressed
Fine Print: Here's What Superintendent Cerf’s Three-Year Contract Says
John Mooney | August 3, 2015 | Education
Deal almost doubles Newark school chief’s pay from days as state commissioner, but contains no performance bonuses
‘Extraordinary Aid’ to Offset Special-Needs Costs Continues to Dwindle
John Mooney | July 31, 2015 | Education
While amount in state budget remains relatively stable, funds cover smaller percentage of school district expenses
State Removes 19 Schools from Watch List for Student Achievement Gaps
John Mooney | July 30, 2015 | Education
Districts told efforts to improve have led to removal from ‘focus school’ designation
Bill Would Designate Some Classroom Standouts as ‘Teacher Leaders’
John Mooney | July 28, 2015 | Education
Educators, policy makers surveyed by NJ Spotlight offer views on how proposed position should be defined
Senate Democrats Craft Nonbinding Resolution for PARCC Testing Opt-Outs
John Mooney | July 27, 2015 | Education
Low-key request simply asks that students and families who choose not to take PARCC exams not be punished for decision
Feds: Administration Can Keep Targeting 'Priority' and ‘Focus’ Schools
John Mooney | July 24, 2015 | Education
State DOE revises accountability system for state-run districts, severely challenged schools
State Moves to Add Arbitrators to Handle Rise in Teacher-Tenure Disputes
John Mooney | July 23, 2015 | Education
Number of cases this year already near total for all of 2014 – and pace is expected to accelerate
Questions Arise About Status of State's Monitoring of School Districts
John Mooney | July 22, 2015 | Education
How much does state need to revamp QSAC for when Newark returns to local control, along with other districts and maybe even charters?
Program’s Been Changing Lives of Low-Income College Students for Nearly 50 Years
John Mooney | July 20, 2015 | Education
Educational Opportunity Fund has provided funding – and mentorship – for thousands of young people in New Jersey
NJ Summer Nutrition Program Helps Feed Poor Kids When School’s Out
Hank Kalet | July 20, 2015 | Education
Anti-hunger advocates argue streamlining and simplifying program would let it reach far more hungry children
Settling Into New Job, Cerf Must Come to Terms with Opposition to ‘One Newark’
John Mooney | July 17, 2015 | Education
The state is saying the controversial enrollment program remains in place for now, but critics are already calling for its elimination
Teacher-Evaluation Ratings Released for Schools Around the State
John Mooney | July 16, 2015 | Education
But results are for 2013-14 and are incomplete for many districts, as much information was redacted due to privacy provisions
Four New Charters Get Final Go-Ahead From State to Begin Classes in September
John Mooney | July 16, 2015 | Education
Schools cleared to open their doors this fall in Plainfield, Atlantic City, Jersey City and Bridgeton
What Will Local Control in Newark Mean to Paterson, Jersey City, Camden?
John Mooney | July 15, 2015 | Education
Plans for Newark raise possibilities -- and hopes -- for three cities whose schools are at least under partial state operation
Commissioner Shuffles Duties, Positions at State Department of Education
John Mooney | July 14, 2015 | Education
Changes by Hespe stem from shifts in administration’s priorities for last two years of Christie’s tenure
School-Security Task Force's Report Recommends Measures to Bolster Safety
John Mooney | July 13, 2015 | Education
While calling for giving staff and students ID and access cards, panel hedges on armed personnel and silent ‘panic alarms’
Nine Proposed Charters Clear First Hurdle in State's Application Process
John Mooney | July 10, 2015 | Education
But 14 applications are denied, including two proposed for suburban communities and one offering virtual learning
Cerf Wins Newark Schools Job in Narrow Vote – and Now Comes the Hard Part
John Mooney | July 9, 2015 | Education
New superintendent faces tensions over ties to Cami Anderson and community frustration with state control of district
State Unveils Plan for Wide-Ranging Review of Common Core Standards
John Mooney | July 9, 2015 | Education
Six-month initiative to reshape academic guidelines will include four committees, focus groups, online survey and ‘listening tours’
Unusual Mystery and Drama Mark Meeting Today of State Board of Education
John Mooney | July 8, 2015 | Education
Contrary to panel’s typical unanimity, outcome uncertain for vote on appointing Chris Cerf as Newark's new schools superintendent
Agenda: State Board Takes Up Newark Superintendent and Common Core Changes
John Mooney | July 7, 2015 | Education
Abrupt changes in state-run district and the NJ’s participation in controversial achievement standards top agenda for the month
Explainer: Control of Local School Districts Comes Under Fire in Third Decade
John Mooney | July 7, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Once viewed as a pioneering initiative, the latest drama in Newark's takeover saga brings state law to the center of debate
Opinion: Book Offers Look at How Charter Schools Divide Communities
Mark Weber | July 6, 2015 | Education, Opinion
Founders and operators of charters mean well, author believes, but charter system leads to further segregation of education
Q&A: Newark’s Mayor Talks About His Surprising Alliance with Gov. Christie
John Mooney | July 2, 2015 | Education
Baraka discusses genesis of deal to begin returning control of city’s schools, addresses criticisms and concerns
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