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Teachers Add Critical Voice to State's Newly Named Testing Commission
John Mooney | November 12, 2014 | Education
While skeptics worry Christie appointees will rubber-stamp state policy, two named to panel express optimism that dissident voices will be heard
New Jersey Receives One-Year Extension of ‘No Child Left Behind Act’ Waiver
John Mooney | November 10, 2014 | Education
But feds say state must fine-tune its system for intervening in certain low-achieving schools
Votes Show School Districts Reluctant to Approve Spending Above Tax Caps
John Mooney | November 7, 2014 | Education
Funding for construction projects fares better, school board races continue to be lightly contested
School Report Card Shows New Jersey’s Grades Holding Steady
John Mooney and Colleen O'Dea | November 6, 2014 | Education
As NJ moves to Common Core, marginal changes are good news, some states see ratings plummet
After the PowerPoint, Newark’s Superintendent Candid about Challenges
John Mooney | November 6, 2014 | Education
Anderson talks about competition from charter schools, time spent getting to know teachers and students’ families
NJ School Nurses Learn to Identify Ebola, Quell Student and Family Fears
John Mooney | November 4, 2014 | Education, Healthcare
Hoping they’ll never be needed, state DOE issues procedures and protocols to deal with deadly disease
Agenda: NJ Test Scores, Newark Super To Take Center Stage
John Mooney | November 4, 2014 | Education
Newark superintendent Anderson to speak on progress in her district, board to present 2013-2014 student performance report
Administration Moves to Make Sure All Seats Filled for PARCC Tests
John Mooney | November 3, 2014 | Education
Hespe memo suggests that opt-out movement for online testing would be a violation of state and federal regulations
The List: The Top 10 Highest-Paying Charter Schools in New Jersey
John Mooney | November 3, 2014 | Education, The List
Charter salaries tend to lag behind their district counterparts, but by how much?
Fine Print: School Security Report Shows Increased Protections, Higher Costs
John Mooney | October 30, 2014 | Education
School boards association report outlines changes and recommendations for schools post-Sandy Hook
Newark Teachers Union Takes Its Grievances to State Assembly Committee
John Mooney | October 29, 2014 | Education
Representative tells education panel that Superintendent Cami Anderson has not followed state rules for teacher evaluations
Assembly Committee Hears Recommendations on Building Better Teachers
John Mooney | October 28, 2014 | Education
But committee chairman thinks changes more likely to come in administrative code rather than through the law
Lawmakers Follow Words of Support for Vo-Tech Schools with Legislative Action
John Mooney | October 27, 2014 | Education
But funding bills raise questions about school-aid fairness and whether Christie will sign legislation
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
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