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Just-Released Book Offers Intimate Glimpse Inside a Newark Classroom
August 8, 2014 | Education
Read an excerpt of a chapter about interactions between kids and teachers at the Rise Academy charter school
Fine Print: “Student Growth Objective” Process Anything But Simple
John Mooney | August 8, 2014 | Education
State education officials offer examples of how goals fit into revamped teacher evaluations
Bacon v. NJ Department of Education Court Case: Could It Be the Next ‘Abbott?’
John Mooney | August 7, 2014 | Education
Long-standing suit brought by 20 rural districts demanding equitable state funding comes off back burner
Changes in Much-Debated Teacher-Evaluation Policy Being Put Into Practice
John Mooney | August 6, 2014 | Education
State board to review new regulations implement scaled-back use of student testing results
Agenda: State Board Takes up “Student Growth Objectives” for Teachers
John Mooney | August 5, 2014 | Education
New measure of teacher effectiveness among the items at top of agenda for mid-summer meeting
Merger of Four Schools in Hunterdon County Offers Glimpse of Benefits, Costs
John Mooney | August 4, 2014 | Education
New K-12 regional district hasn’t really cut spending, at least for now, but some gains from streamlining are already apparent
Camden Gets Ready for Debut of Three New Charter-School Networks
John Mooney | August 1, 2014 | Education
State-appointed superintendent releases contract details; critics say charters get special treatment
Learning to Fly -- and Fall -- at Newark's Quitman Street Renew School
Sara Neufeld, The Hechinger Report | July 31, 2014 | Education
For a 12-year-old girl and her school, high stakes inside the classroom and out
State Education Chief Says He’ll Stick with Current Staff Configuration
John Mooney | July 30, 2014 | Education
Hespe disputes state auditor’s assertion that county office understaffing violates law
New Poll Reflects Unease About Tying Teacher Ratings to Test Scores
John Mooney | July 29, 2014 | Education
Fairleigh Dickinson survey reveals New Jerseyans not knowledgeable about Common Core standards
New Jersey School District Attempts to Bridge the Digital Divide
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report | July 29, 2014 | Education
In Hoboken, giving laptops to junior- and senior-high school students wasn't a solution but the beginning of a big problem
State Auditor Cries Foul Over Failure to Fill County School Superintendent Posts
John Mooney | July 28, 2014 | Education
Report says having someone at the education helm in all 21 counties is required by statute
Time Runs Out for Christie Plan for Lengthier School Days, Longer School Years
John Mooney | July 25, 2014 | Budget, Education, Politics
Administration's $5 million innovation fund one of the casualties of budget process
Newark Civil-Rights Probe Mirrors Investigations in Other U.S. Cities
John Mooney | July 24, 2014 | Education
Administration, state-appointed superintendent, will cooperate but keep low profile for time being
Feds Investigating Whether 'One Newark' Schools Initiative is Discriminatory
John Mooney | July 23, 2014 | Education
U.S. Department of Education confirms it has opened civil rights probe into city's controversial plan to reorganize public schools
Fine Print: DOE Details Teacher Evaluation After Christie Compromise
John Mooney | July 21, 2014 | Education
Summer training and deadlines for schools following Christie rollback on use of student test scores in evaluations
AP Tests Put NJ's Top Students on the Map – and Earn Them College Credit
Colleen O'Dea | July 18, 2014 | Education, Maps, Map of the Week
The results of this year's Advanced Placement exams are in, and three-quarters of the state's high-school students are high scorers
Amid Debate Over Spread of Charters, State Education Chief Stays the Course
John Mooney | July 18, 2014 | Education
Hespe says NJ should take deliberate approach but touts new approvals for schools in Trenton, Camden
New Special-Ed Task Force Faces Tough Challenges, Tight Timeframe
John Mooney | July 17, 2014 | Education
One thing that distinguishes group from predecessors is amount of data available to work with
Gov. Christie and State Teachers Union Not at Odds on All Fronts
John Mooney | July 16, 2014 | Education
Administration, NJEA hammer out compromise on how much new online testing will count toward teacher evaluations
Christie Sticks to Middle of the Road in Arriving at PARCC Decision
John Mooney | July 15, 2014 | Education
Task force will study effectiveness of Common Core-linked test, scores will carry less weight in evaluating teachers
Pace of Tenure Rulings Increases, But Decisions Still Go to Both Sides
John Mooney | July 14, 2014 | Education
Streamlined process for dealing with tenure charges gets more cases on the calendar -- and more decisions to litigants
Special-Ed Code Avoids Hot Buttons, Defines Dyslexia as Reading Disorder
John Mooney | July 11, 2014 | Education
A year ago, the administration's special-education code sparked off a war of words, this time things are quieter -- for now
State BOE Meeting Mirrors Statehouse Concerns About Teacher Evaluations
John Mooney | July 10, 2014 | Education
Quiet meeting in July listens to more than three-dozen educators concerned about new statewide testing system
Analysis: Christie's Options Limited When It Comes to Plans for PARCC Testing
John Mooney | July 9, 2014 | Education
The governor has hinted publicly at a compromise on new PARCC tests, but what will he do and when will he do it?
Hespe Helps Take Hearsay Out of Newark 'Working Group'
John Mooney | July 8, 2014 | Education
In one of his first public statements, acting commissioner details plans and purpose for working group, comments on Anderson's annual review
Agenda: State BOE Takes Up Standards Renewal, Special Ed Regs
John Mooney | July 8, 2014 | Education
Regulations for special education back for a second try, along with teacher effectiveness, charter schools, and a new president
Fine Print: Summer Checklists for Final Transition to Common Core, PARCC
John Mooney | July 7, 2014 | Education
State puts out guides for schools to check whether curriculum aligns with new nationwide standards and tests
Newark 'Working Group' Raises More Uncertainty in Troubled District
John Mooney | July 3, 2014 | Education, Data Library
Initiated as condition of Superintendent Anderson's contract renewal, first task is to review unpopular One Newark reorganization
Legislature Gets Grade of ‘Incomplete’ on Unresolved Charter-School Issues
John Mooney | July 2, 2014 | Education
Christie, meanwhile, vetoes $3 million in extra aid while long-discussed legislation still hangs fire