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Op-Ed: Threats to Cut Funding Over ‘Opt-Outs’ are On Shaky Legal Ground
Monty Neill and Julia Sass Rubin | May 1, 2015 | Opinion
Efforts to cut school funding as retribution for parental refusals are more likely to prompt the opposite political response
Opinion: Is Making Peace with PARCC an Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Laura Waters | April 30, 2015 | Opinion
The results of standardized tests, which revealed the yawning gulf between rich and poor students, played a key role in the Abbott rulings
Op-Ed: New Jersey Must Cut Links to Unscrupulous Payday-Loan Company
Adam Deutsch | April 30, 2015 | Opinion
State’s public pension fund has $50 million stake in high-interest lending firm that’s banned in NJ
Opinion: Steering Clear of the 2 Percent Trap for Water Utilities
Daniel J. Van Abs | April 22, 2015 | Opinion
Property taxes may be capped, but water utilities must wrestle with far more complex variables day to day and year to year
Op-Ed: State Budget's Being Balanced on the Backs of Working Families
Deborah Cornavaca | April 17, 2015 | Opinion
Let’s be honest, the rich in New Jersey are getting richer and everyone else is struggling more and more just to get by
Opinion: Chris Christie Keeps the Press Exactly Where He Wants It -- In the Dark
Carl Golden | April 16, 2015 | Opinion
The governor’s carefully staged ‘town halls’ and radio shows foster the illusion that he is accessible to just plain folks
Op-Ed: Reinvest Healthcare Savings to Meet New Jersey’s Growing Needs
Raymond Castro | April 15, 2015 | Opinion
Federal funds for human services are a big help for residents, but the state needs to be smarter about leveraging them
Opinion: Christie v. New Jersey Judiciary -- Not a Pretty Picture
R. William Potter | April 14, 2015 | Opinion
Despite being bullied and berated, the state’s judiciary has stood up to the governor and handed him some sizable setbacks
Op-Ed: A Hospital Makes a Community – In Ways Outsiders Can’t Understand
Alexander Salerno | April 14, 2015 | Opinion
In St. Michael’s case, it’s a community that extends far beyond the borders of greater Newark
Opinion: PARCC Is Part of the Problem, Not Part of the Answer for NJ Schools
Mark Weber | April 8, 2015 | Opinion
Complex online tests can’t address chronic school underfunding, segregation, and poverty
Op-Ed: Instilling ‘Soft Skills’ Serves Kids Better Than Memorizing Hard Facts
Patrick J. Fletcher and Dr. Daniel Fishbein | April 6, 2015 | Education, Opinion
Ability to 'think outside the box' will prove more crucial to success in the future
Opinion: Don’t Fall for the Opt-Out Cop-Out
Laura Waters | April 2, 2015 | Opinion
NJ’s kids deserve demanding standardized tests, and we all need the data they deliver
Opinion: Forget the Cap, Property Taxes Are Only Going to Get Higher
Carl Golden | April 1, 2015 | Opinion
There's no political will for municipal income taxes, but there's no doubt they can redress problems with today’s system
Opinion: The Clock is Ticking for New Jersey to Control Combined Sewer Overflows
Daniel J. Van Abs | March 19, 2015 | Opinion
Combined sewers were developed by the Romans; isn’t it time that the Garden State took steps to bring waste control into the 21st century?
Op-Ed: Teachable Moments -- Our Family’s Real Reasons for Refusing the PARCC
Douglas B. Larkin | March 19, 2015 | Education, Opinion
Ultimately, forcing standardized test upon students and schools is a matter of power – and the right to protest and dissent
Opinion: Democrats Fumbled Chance to Enact Real Reforms at Port Authority
Carl Golden | March 18, 2015 | Opinion
By refusing to accept Kean’s compromise deal, they lost any chance of overriding Christie veto
Opinion: Time for NJEA to Seize the Microphone on Health Benefits, Pensions
Laura Waters | March 6, 2015 | Opinion
The union is wasting its time and making leaders look like wimps by denying the 'joint accord' mentioned by Christie in his budget address
Op-Ed: Let’s Stop Fighting Over PARCC Testing, Focus on Continued Student Gains
Vivian Cox Fraser and Reginald Lewis | March 5, 2015 | Opinion
The real struggle is to make sure that all NJ students are prepared to be successful on the new test
Opinion: Kean's Port Authority Proposal Looks Like a Win-Win for GOP, Dems
Carl Golden | March 4, 2015 | Opinion
The Senate minority leader's plan seems to have something for everyone, including avoidance of a potential loss of face for Christie and Sweeney
Opinion: A Quirk in Language That Could Cost Thousands Their Health Coverage
Joel Cantor | March 3, 2015 | Opinion
The Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell could destabilize the insurance marketplace not just in New Jersey but across the country
Op-Ed: Why Some Parents in NJ Are Refusing High-Stakes Standardized Tests
Julie Borst | March 2, 2015 | Opinion
Stopping kids from taking the exams doesn't just express a parent’s anxieties for kids, it also demonstrates concerns about the school system
Op-Ed: The Power of a Simple Idea -- Helping NJ Students Start the Day Healthier
Margarethe P. Laurenzi | February 26, 2015 | Opinion
Serve students the most important meal of the day after the school bell rings, when they are already at their desks
Just When NJ Students Are Making Progress, Some Folks Want to Slow Them Down
Kati Haycock | February 25, 2015 | Opinion
A quick look at the past decade demonstrates that kids who aren’t tested are kids who don’t count
Op-Ed: Opting Out to Help Save Public Education for NJ’s Students and Teachers
Darcie Cimarusti | February 24, 2015 | Opinion
How many standardized state tests did Gov. Christie take as public-school student? Exactly none
Op-Ed: To Get the Answers About Atlantic City, Ask the Right Questions
Marc Pfeiffer | February 23, 2015 | Opinion
Talk about ‘emergency managers’ and uncertain legislative proposals may have contributed to disquiet about the city’s fiscal situation
Opinion: How Good Is Access to Medicaid Services in NJ? Depends on Whom You Ask
Joel Cantor | February 20, 2015 | Opinion
Studies of availability of primary care for Medicaid recipients show fewer barriers than commonly believed, but it is important to remain vigilant -- particularly about specialty care
Opinion: Background Noise About Christie's Woes Could Drown Out Budget Buzz
Carl Golden | February 19, 2015 | Opinion
It's going to be tough for the administration to keep the focus on this year's budget given ongoing federal investigations, other problems
Op Ed: Opting Out of PARCC and Common Core Standards is a Dangerous Concept
James A. Crisfield | February 19, 2015 | Education, Opinion
Why stop with standardized tests or the curriculum? Why not let kids opt out of anything from algebra to zoology?
Opinion: Advice to ‘Candidate’ Christie -- Don’t Run on Your Record
R. William Potter | February 18, 2015 | Opinion
The governor has shown a disturbing predilection for not living up to his promises
Opinion: New Jersey Needs to Do the Right Thing -- Raise Taxes
Mark Weber | February 17, 2015 | Opinion
The state is facing a well-documented array of fiscal problems -- and there’s only one way out
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