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Will School-Funding Formula Survive Christie’s Flouting of Law?
John Mooney | March 19, 2014 | Education
Despite being upheld by top court, weighted system for allotting aid wasn’t even factored into proposed state budget
Teachers, Administrators Give Mixed Reviews to New Evaluations after Test Run
John Mooney | March 18, 2014 | Education
But survey of educators who took part in tryout of new system shows most not worried about impact on jobs, tenure
The List: New Jersey's 'Edubloggers' Talk Policy, Politics -- and Technology
John Mooney | March 17, 2014 | Education, The List
Ten of the state's leading education bloggers make every aspect of learning and teaching (and administering) their business
‘Calculator’ Helps NJ Teachers Figure Whether They’ll Make the Grade
John Mooney | March 17, 2014 | Education
Online tool helps determine where they might fall within new ‘ineffective’ to ‘highly effective’ evaluation system
Schools Want to Do Online End-Run Around Old Man Winter
John Mooney | March 14, 2014 | Education
State meets with district officials to talk about ways students and teachers might work from home via Internet to make up snow days
Is Record-High State Aid to Schools Really Just a Numbers Game?
John Mooney | March 13, 2014 | Education
Nonpartisan analysis shows districts getting less than total received in 2009-2010
Legislative Panel Hears Critics of ‘One Newark’ Blueprint for Schools
John Mooney | March 12, 2014 | Education
State education officials and embattled superintendent decline invitations to testify about controversial plan
Morris County School District Strikes Photo ID Registration Requirement
John Mooney | March 12, 2014 | Education
Butler school system revamps its policy after ACLU-NJ files lawsuit
ACLU-NJ Moves to Block District From Requiring Photo ID for Registration
John Mooney | March 11, 2014 | Education, More Issues, Social
Morris County's Butler district says it was only trying to confirm parents' identity, not ferret out undocumented families
State's ‘One Newark’ Plan May be Facing Tough Audience in Trenton
John Mooney | March 10, 2014 | Education
Some legislators have already made displeasure known -- critics, union members, community organizers to be on hand
State Teachers Union Shatters Records for Political Spending
John Mooney | March 7, 2014 | Education, Politics
Total of nearly $20 million in political expenditures by NJEA and its PACs far exceeds lobbying budget for any other special-interest group
Hespe Breezes Through Pro Forma Approval at State Board of Ed Meeting
John Mooney | March 6, 2014 | Education
Outgoing commissioner Cerf takes a few swipes at NJEA on his way out the door
NJ Schools Earn Good Marks for Compliance with Anti-Bullying Law
John Mooney | March 5, 2014 | Education
But ‘grades’ listed in annual state report cards are determined by school districts themselves
Agenda: State Board of Ed to Start Transition to New Commissioner
John Mooney | March 4, 2014 | Education
Meeting will include first steps toward David Hespe’s return to top post, action on renewed charter school code
A Promise to Renew: Try, Try Again at Quitman Street Renew School
Sara Neufeld, The Hechinger Report | March 3, 2014 | Education, Social
Hidden successes, public shortfalls and a make-or-break year for one Newark school
Fine Print: Teacher-Tenure Law Will Take More of Supervisors' Time, Study Finds
John Mooney | March 3, 2014 | Education
New Montclair State analysis details extra hours supervisors will have to spend observing and judging teachers under TEACHNJ
New Schools Chief Returns at Tumultuous Time for Education in NJ
John Mooney | February 28, 2014 | Education
State-aid crunch, strife in Newark and debate over Christie’s policies greet former education commissioner upon return to Trenton
School Districts Learn Specific Amounts of State-Aid Increases
John Mooney | February 28, 2014 | Education
Christie’s budget calls for funding hike of less than half of 1 percent, amounting to about $20 more per student
Former NJ Education Commissioner Expected to Return to Old Post
John Mooney | February 27, 2014 | Education
Christie expected this week to announce choice of David Hespe to succeed Chris Cerf
Schools Grateful for Slightly More State Aid Tucked Into Tight Budget
John Mooney | February 26, 2014 | Budget, Education
Increase amounts to less than one-half of 1 percent, although projects touted by Christie will get extra funding
Fine Print: Anderson Says She’ll No Longer Attend School Board Meetings
John Mooney | February 26, 2014 | Education
Empty chair at advisory board meeting doesn’t much temper the outcry over Newark superintendent’s sweeping reform plans
Waivers: Newark's Unusual Route to Performance-Based Layoffs
John Mooney | February 25, 2014 | Education
With potentially hundreds of positions on the line, Anderson's request faces challenge from unions and prominent state senator
Newark Schools Chief Wants Teacher Performance Included in Layoff Criteria
John Mooney | February 24, 2014 | Education
Union leaders leap to defense of long-established contractual practice of basing job cuts on years of experience
Administration Cautiously OKs Two Charters, Passes on Two More
John Mooney | February 24, 2014 | Education
A pair of charter school networks get the nod to open in Camden and Newark, but DOE approach continues to be decidedly slower than in earlier years
Business Coalition Calls Vo-Tech Schools Crucial to NJ’s Future
John Mooney | February 21, 2014 | Education
Group vows support, if not financial backing, for key generator of workforce of the future
Fine Print: Disability Rights NJ v. NJ Department of Education Finally Settled
John Mooney | February 21, 2014 | Education
Consent agreement reached after seven years aims to reduce NJ’s high number of special-needs students in segregated settings
NJ Schools Press Lawmakers to Ease Restrictions on Interdistrict Choice
John Mooney | February 20, 2014 | Education
Supporters say enrollment cap of 5 percent stifles increasingly popular program
Schools Development Authority Moves Ahead Under New Leadership
John Mooney | February 19, 2014 | Education
New chief McKenna says progress made possible by projects in pipeline before he took job
Outspoken Rutgers Faculty Objects to School's New Strategic Plan
Tara Nurin | February 18, 2014 | Education, More Issues
Some professors argue that they were not included in drafting process, while others say plan puts New Brunswick above other campuses
Bergen County School District Puts Virtual Spin on Snow Days
John Mooney | February 14, 2014 | Education
Laptops, Google docs, Twitter, and chat help kids learn from home, but pose a test for state rules