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Gov. Christie’s School-Funding Plan: Bold or Botched -- or Both?
John Mooney | June 22, 2016 | Education
All students getting the same would be fine in the leafy suburbs, but poorer districts would end up hemorrhaging money -- and teachers
Is Lakewood on the Verge of a Meltdown?
Meir Rinde | June 21, 2016 | Education, Social
The former resort town is struggling with city-size problems: overstressed infrastructure, underfinanced schools, and growing social tensions
Checking in on the South Hunterdon School Consolidation
John Mooney | June 21, 2016 | Education
The regionalization is running smoothly, but required more work than anybody involved ever imagined
Nine More Charters Advance Through Phase I of Application Process
John Mooney | June 14, 2016 | Education
Contenders include schools from three suburban towns, added to the mix of charters from urban centers
Sweeney on School Funding: Q&A with the State Senate President
John Mooney | June 13, 2016 | Education
Sweeney’s proposed plan calls for a four-member commission and an up or down vote on its recommendations. Here’s his thinking on the issue
Fine Print: Sweeney Proposes Commission to Report on School Funding
John Mooney | June 10, 2016 | Education
Task force to report in year on inequities in funding, followed by five years to implement recommendations
Christie Isn’t Ready to Talk About Expiring Caps on Superintendent Salaries
John Mooney | June 6, 2016 | Education
Caps will sunset in November of this year, but governor doesn’t expect to start thinking about issue before October
Assemblywoman Caride to Head Lower House’s Education Committee
John Mooney | June 2, 2016 | Education
Influential seat goes to relative newcomer to state’s take-no-prisoner education debates
Agenda: Career-Tech Education Gets Special Board Meeting
John Mooney | June 1, 2016 | Education
More talk to come on teacher evaluation and graduation requirements, but no charter regulations yet
Pushing to Protect the Educational Opportunity Fund from State Budget Cuts
John Reitmeyer | May 31, 2016 | Budget, Education
The EOF has helped thousands of low-income students across NJ make it into and through college
Christie Stakes Legacy Claim to New Jersey Charter Schools
John Mooney | May 27, 2016 | Education
Speech to charter leaders and advocates mixes passionate rhetoric with regulatory changes
When a College Recruits Black Students Others Consider Too Risky
Meredith Kolodner | The Hechinger Report | May 26, 2016 | Education
With the college graduation rate for black students half that of whites, one university changes the rules of the game, and beats the odds
Golden Parachutes of NJ Public College Presidents Cost Millions
Mark Lagerkvist | May 24, 2016 | Education
Retiring college presidents can look forward to sabbaticals at full or partial pay, teaching positions, even automobiles
NJIT President’s $5.3M Contract Takes Top Spot Among NJ College Chiefs
Mark Lagerkvist | May 23, 2016 | Education
To some critics, high salaries are hard to justify when students are struggling to pay tuition and more professors are needed at many schools
The List: All the Presidents’ Pay and Perks at New Jersey’s Public Colleges
Mark Lagerkvist | May 23, 2016 | Education, The List
The salaries are nothing to sneeze at, and the benefits -- from performance bonuses and annuity payments to housing and cars -- must make an admittedly tough job a lot easier to take
NJ Continues to Cut Funding for Higher Education, Spends Less Than in 2008
Meir Rinde | May 20, 2016 | Education
As money for college dwindles, middle-class and lower-middle-class families and students appear to be bearing the brunt of the shortfall
Perspectives on the Passing of ‘Zuckerberg Era’ in Newark Schools
John Mooney | May 19, 2016 | Education
The Foundation for Newark’s Future -- caretakers of original Facebook gift -- has spent down the money and closed its doors
DOE Refines Portfolio Review as PARCC Alternative for Graduation
Meir Rinde | May 13, 2016 | Education
Good news for seniors: Department extends portfolio deadline, changes rules to keep parents in loop, reminds local districts of responsibilities
School Performance Reports 101: What You Need to Know to Decode the Data
John Mooney | May 9, 2016 | Education
The state has released a treasure trove of data about all 2,500 public schools, but digging in is partly a matter of knowing where to look
To Get a Sense of Trump’s Education Policies, Look No Further than Christie
John Mooney | May 6, 2016 | Education
Teachers union, Democratic leaders argue that Trump’s ‘bully’ culture perfectly aligns with Christie’s treatment of NJ teachers
PARCC Foes Vow to Keep Fighting High-School Graduation Requirement
Meir Rinde | May 5, 2016 | Education
Teachers Union, anti-test activists confront state Board of Education in battle that also involves the Legislature and courts.
Agenda: Teacher Evaluation Revisions Up for First Review
John Mooney | May 4, 2016 | Education
Protests expected over graduation requirements, while state board likely signs off on Common Core replacement
Refining and Revising Anti-Bullying Law Easier Said Than Done
Meir Rinde | May 3, 2016 | Education
One of the more unpopular changes would give school principals the discretion to decide what constitute bullying and what is just bad behavior
Another 21 Go Under the Axe at Essex County College
NJTV Online News | April 29, 2016 | Education
Latest round of firings comes just a week after President Gale Gibson was laid off
Baraka and Christie Square off Over $72M Gap in Newark School Budget
NJTV Online News | April 28, 2016 | Education
Mayor places blame on former superintendent Cami Anderson, governor defends investment in charter schools
NJ School Districts Craft Progressive Policies on Transgender Rights
Meir Rinde | April 25, 2016 | Education, Social
Advocates say schools have made a good first step, but much more needs to be done when it comes to gender-identity issues
Administration Poring Over Pearson Contract to Assess PARCC Damages
John Mooney | April 25, 2016 | Education
Just determining what contract says about outages will be a chore; the agreement’s documents are nearly 1,000 pages long
Hespe’s Headaches: PARCC Glitch, School Funding, Anti-Bullying . . .
John Mooney | April 21, 2016 | Education
Flaky PARCC server throws a pall over commissioner’s State House visit
Fine Print: Annual OLS Quizzing of Christie Administration on Schools
John Mooney | April 20, 2016 | Education
Legislative staff probes charter funding and mysterious 2012 task force
Could 10,000 NJ High-School Students Miss Their Graduations?
John Mooney | April 19, 2016 | Education
Lawyers are negotiating to find an alternative to passing PARCC or other testing requirements, but no deal yet
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