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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
Not Everyone Felt Good About Christie’s Feel-Good Event at His Alma Mater
John Mooney | July 1, 2015 | Education, Politics
Teachers protested outside while school board grappled with request to use school for political event
Vetoes Get Attention But Some Education Spending Avoids Budget Ax
John Mooney | June 30, 2015 | Education
More than $14M in new expenditures includes boost in funding for adult high schools, career programs and vo-tech schools
Unlikely Partners Form Alliance to Shape the Future of Newark's Public Schools
John Mooney | June 29, 2015 | Education
On heels of Cami Anderson’s resignation, Gov. Christie and Mayor Baraka name panel to work on returning district to local control
Democratic Lawmakers Add Last-Minute Funding for Pet Education Projects
John Mooney | June 26, 2015 | Education
Nearly $40 million in spending tacked onto proposed state budget sent to Gov. Christie
Feds Chastise Christie Administration for Ignoring Its Own Rules in Newark
John Mooney | June 25, 2015 | Education
Letter from U.S. Department of Education takes state to task for not delivering on promises to almost half of schools in largest district in New Jersey
The Reality of Cerf’s Return Starts to Dawn on Newark’s Politicos, Teachers
John Mooney | June 24, 2015 | Education
Former schools commissioner -- and Anderson’s mentor -- may be in for a rocky reentry as some concerns, challenges are raised
Anderson’s Departure from Newark Schools Marks End of Tumultuous Period
John Mooney | June 23, 2015 | Education
Hespe announces that his predecessor, Chris Cerf, will pilot stormy district – with local control next goal
At NJ Spotlight Roundtable, Kudos and Challenges for Pre-K and Beyond
John Mooney | June 22, 2015 | Education
Senate President Sweeney uses venue to announce preschool services, full-day kindergarten among his ‘top-five’ priorities
State Board Refines Rules, Updates Terminology for Bilingual Programs
John Mooney | June 19, 2015 | Education
One key change: Families of bilingual students will be told their kids need English-language-learner services within 30 days
What's Left of Zuckerberg's Gift? $30 Million of Funds Given to City’s Schools
John Mooney | June 18, 2015 | Education
With a year to go, Foundation for Newark’s Future makes some smaller, still-critical, endowments
As Christie Suggests Ways to Improve Colleges, Results Are Mixed Back Home
John Mooney | June 16, 2015 | Education
Governor’s measures have made state’s system more efficient but aid to poorer students, funding for higher education have declined
Two of New Jersey’s Top Public School District Superintendents Talk Shop
John Mooney | June 15, 2015 | Education
Regional superintendents of the year open up about Common Core, PARCC, teacher evaluations, and removing ineffective staff
Christie Touts Education Record in New Jersey During Policy Address in Iowa
John Mooney | June 12, 2015 | Education
Touts tenure reform and merit-pay deal, but doesn’t mention controversies over Common Core and state takeovers of urban schools
Amid Shouts and Protests, Legislators Quietly Work Out Their Budget Plans
John Reitmeyer | June 12, 2015 | Budget, Education
NJEA and teachers make a loud showing in Trenton, demanding that state fully fund their pensions and benefits -- despite Supreme Court ruling letting Christie off hook
Student Voices Heard on Newark’s – and Their Own -- Present and Future
John Mooney | June 11, 2015 | Education
Message comes through loud and clear in ‘Speaking Up and Talking Back’ presentation
Bill Calls for Three-Year Freeze on Charter-School Approvals, Expansions
John Mooney | June 10, 2015 | Education
Sponsors acknowledge little immediate chance of passage, but legislation still stirs up plenty of protest
Beyond High Teacher Scores, Evaluations Offer Plenty of Thought-Provoking Data
John Mooney | June 8, 2015 | Education
Numbers across the board skewed high, including teacher effectiveness in classrooms and administrator’s 97 percent “effective” rating
State Board Moves Toward Revamping Requirements for Teaching Candidates
John Mooney | June 5, 2015 | Education
In-class training time would increase from one semester to two semesters, alternate-route accreditation may get stricter
Hespe Justifies Review of Common Core, Suggests Changes May Not Be Drastic
John Mooney | June 4, 2015 | Education
Tells state board that time has come to look at effectiveness of controversial standards, look for ways to improve on them
Agenda: Common Core, Teacher Evaluations Take Center Stage
John Mooney | June 3, 2015 | Education
State Board of Education will take up hot-button topics at monthly meeting, along with more procedural items
Overwhelming 97% of State's Teachers Rated 'Effective' in New Evaluations
John Mooney | June 2, 2015 | Education
NJEA remains cautious about implementation of AchieveNJ but calls results ‘exceptional’
Explainer: Common Core State Standards -- What Is Christie Walking Away From?
John Mooney | June 2, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Much of the backlash from parents and teachers over Common Core has really been over the PARCC assessments linked to the academic guideposts
Real Test After Christie’s Call to Drop Common Core: What Happens Next
John Mooney | June 1, 2015 | Education
Questions arise over who will devise new standards, how long it will take – and even whether it will really happen
Christie Stirs Things Up With Call to Drop Common Core But Keep PARCC
John Mooney | May 29, 2015 | Education
Change in stance, clearly aimed at national GOP, greeted with strong reaction in governor’s home state
What's Behind Christie's Turnaround on Common Core -- and How Will It Affect NJ?
WNYC | May 29, 2015 | Education
NJ Spotlight's education writer talks with 'All Things Considered' about governor's reversal on PARCC-related academic standards
While Christie May Back Away From Common Core, Hespe Stands By PARCC Testing
John Mooney | May 28, 2015 | Education
Governor to address ‘academic standards’ in speech today; education chief sounds conciliatory note but still supports controversial exams
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