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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
Legislative Efforts to Slow Down PARCC Parked -- at Least for Now
John Mooney | July 1, 2014 | Education
With Christie veto almost certain, lawmakers wait to hear governor's compromise solution
Explainer: Impact of PARCC Tests on Teachers, Schools at Center of Debate
John Mooney | July 1, 2014 | Education, Explainer
Controversial exams tied to Common Core Standards scheduled to debut in NJ during next school year
Analysis: School Chief’s Rehiring Raises Questions, Reflects Broader Issues
John Mooney | June 30, 2014 | Education
While new pact reflects lukewarm endorsement of Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson, keeping her in post underscores larger school-reform agenda
State Legislators Focus on Education Bills as Session Winds Down
John Mooney | June 27, 2014 | Education
Decision delayed on Common Core and related testing tied to teacher evaluations as Christie talks of compromise plan
School-Reform Legislation, Education Aid Among Items on Year-End Agenda
John Mooney | June 26, 2014 | Budget, Education
Last-minute votes could delay Common Core-related tests, reconfigure impact on teacher evaluations
Fine Print: ‘Score Sheet’ Tracks Twists and Turns in Tale of Two Budgets
John Mooney | June 26, 2014 | Education
Annual analysis by OLS offers unbiased breakdown of spending plans proposed by Legislature, governor
Twelve Finalists Clear First Round of Application Reviews for Charter Schools
John Mooney | June 25, 2014 | Education
Successful applicants not concentrated in larger cities, where charter movement has made strong inroads
Camden-Specific Bill Would Extend Renaissance School Deadline
John Mooney | June 25, 2014 | Education
Singleton's measure would add year to Urban Hope Act, set up early retirement for Camden's hard-pressed teachers
Bill Would Exempt Some School Districts From Residency Requirement
John Mooney | June 24, 2014 | Education
Measure would allow 10 counties that border New York and Pennsylvania to hire teachers from outside of New Jersey
New Milford High School Pushes the Envelope on 21st Century Education
Selena Handler | June 23, 2014 | Education
School transforms library into 'Makerspace,' a controlled chaos of ideas, innovation, intuition -- and a 3-D printer
Spirit of Cooperation May Prevail in Power Struggle Between Sweeney, Rutgers
Joe Tyrrell | June 20, 2014 | Education
Sweeney offers -- and university’s board of governors accepts -- 90-day window for action before legislation advances
Full Ahead, Ease Back: Doing the Common Core Dance in Committee
John Mooney | June 20, 2014 | Education
Senate panel hears two sides testify on task force to assess new standards, testing before results can be applied to schools, students, teachers
Mapping the Graduating Class of 2013: 'Significant' Gaps Still Remain
Colleen O'Dea | June 20, 2014 | Education, Maps, Map of the Week
White and Asian students -- and students from wealthier families -- still wind up with more of the diplomas
Newark School Chief’s Fate Unclear But Her Vision for Future Remains Focused
John Mooney | June 19, 2014 | Education
Amid uncertainty about her job status, Cami Anderson proceeds with next step in reorganization plan
Assembly Votes to Put Brakes on Impact of Common Core and New Student Testing
John Mooney | June 18, 2014 | Education
Measure would set up task force, could delay the consequences of new standards and associated tests by as much as two years
State Education Official: Flurry of Activity Doesn't Count on School Calendar
John Mooney | June 16, 2014 | Education
Pascack Valley's virtual snow day earns "A" for effort but students and staff need to be actually in class
Bills to Expand Rutgers' Board of Governors Make Progress in Legislature
Chase Brush | June 13, 2014 | Education, Politics
Controversial bills to add four governors to board could face state and federal constitutional challenges
Feds Cite NJ’s Progress in Implementing ‘Race to the Top’ Initiatives
John Mooney | June 13, 2014 | Education
But U.S. Department of Education report on implementation of $38M grant also cites cumbersome policies and bureaucracy
Tremors Felt Here After California Judge’s Ruling on Teacher Tenure
John Mooney | June 12, 2014 | Education
But evaluation system NJ lawmakers enacted in 2012 likely to limit the impact of Golden State decision on New Jersey
Poll: Time for Superintendent Salary Caps to Be Retired?
June 12, 2014 | Education, Polling
Rutgers Releases Internal Report Calling for Revamping Governing Bodies
Chase Brush | June 11, 2014 | Education
Task force suggests down-sizing number of trustees, consulting with lawmakers and governor on appointments to university’s two boards
State Lawmakers Clash Over Controversial Cap on Pay of Superintendents
John Mooney | June 10, 2014 | Education
Democrats cite exodus of talent from school districts while Republicans link high salaries to high taxes
Explainer: How New Master Plans Are Shaping NJ’s Flagship State University
Chase Brush | June 10, 2014 | Education, Explainer
Can ambitious plans transform Rutgers into 'one of the nation's great universities?'
NJ Educators Learn How Common Core Works -- and What Work They Need to Do
John Mooney | June 9, 2014 | Education
Conference includes key session on collaborative, multi-discipline approach described as pivotal part of new standards