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Op-Ed: Vote 'Yes' on Question 1, Help NJ’s Public Libraries Election Day
Gordon MacInnes | October 31, 2017 | Opinion
In this increasingly contentious atmosphere, libraries remain one of the last vestiges of the public sphere
Op-Ed: Switching Lottery Profits to Pensions, Another Reckless Budget Gimmick
Gordon MacInnes | June 23, 2017 | Opinion
The Lottery switch is one more scheme that will dig NJ’s already deep hole of shrinking support for essential services and investments even deeper
Op-Ed: It’s July 1 and There’s No Transportation Funding Fix. What’s Next?
Gordon MacInnes | July 1, 2016 | Opinion
Both proposals being considered this week would have improved transportation funding but at the price of serious financial and economic damage to the state
Op-Ed: Critical Information is Missing in Push to Expand Casinos in New Jersey
Gordon MacInnes | February 25, 2016 | Opinion
Who gets tax revenues? What about competition? Who will upgrade roads and transit? And exactly how will this help Atlantic City?
Op-Ed: Only Real Shared Sacrifices, Not Rhetoric, Can Help End Fiscal Crisis
Gordon MacInnes | May 8, 2014 | Opinion
Surcharge on corporate taxes, rate increase on income over $1 million needed to escape budget emergency without further damage
Op-Ed: Tax Cuts Won't Produce the Jobs New Jersey Needs
Gordon MacInnes | April 25, 2013 | Opinion
New Jersey’s leaders should make investments in proven ways to grow the economy instead of continuing to focus on reducing taxes.
Opinion: Has the Governor Turned the Corner on Higher Education?
Gordon MacInnes | September 7, 2012 | Education, Opinion
The only way to make the Jersey Comeback a reality is for Gov. Christie to forego his tax cuts and put the money to work building our public university system.
Opinion: Voucher Bills Fall Prey to False Advertising and Small Thinking
Gordon MacInnes | March 26, 2012 | Education, Opinion
We still need a voucher bill that does one thing well --serves the poorest kids in the worst schools.
Opinion: From Bad to Worse -- the Legislature Takes a Stab at Tenure Reform
Gordon MacInnes | February 14, 2012 | Education, Opinion
An unproven, unreliable framework for reform is no better -- and possibly worse -- than today's failed scheme.
Opinion: Urban Hope and the Do-Nothing Schools Development Authority
Gordon MacInnes | January 17, 2012 | Education, Opinion
The Urban Hope Act gives George Norcross just what he wants, a way to clean up Camden.
Opinion: Slow Down the School Reform Factory
Gordon MacInnes | December 12, 2011 | Opinion
Mechanistically linking test scores to teacher evaluations means trouble not accountability.
Opinion: The Latest in School Reform -- Ambition and Arrogance
Gordon MacInnes | November 23, 2011 | Opinion
NJ wants out of No Child Left Behind. Does it have anything better to offer?
Opinion: Fire. Aim. Ready. Why School Reformers Miss the Target
Gordon MacInnes | October 3, 2011 | Opinion
The war of words about school reform makes meaningful dialogue impossible.
Essay: Public Education's Dangerous Silence
Gordon MacInnes | August 26, 2011 | Education
When educators are silent, the governor's barbs and soundbites are all the more convincing.
Opinion: Market Rules Trump School Regulations
Gordon MacInnes | July 27, 2011 | Opinion
In capping superintendent salaries, the Christie administration seems to have forgotten the basic rule of supply and demand.
Opinion: Disrespecting Teachers and Teaching
Gordon MacInnes | June 23, 2011 | Opinion
For the Department of Education, evaluating teachers is apparently neither science nor art.
Opinion: Abbott XXI, a Ruling for the Faint-Hearted
Gordon MacInnes | May 26, 2011 | Opinion
The court and the governor could have used Abbott to help all poor kids. Now it's up to the legislature.
Opinion: Maryland 1, Morris County 0
Gordon MacInnes | April 28, 2011 | Opinion
By opting to charge illegal aliens triple tuition, the County College of Morris takes a big step backward.
Opinion: Doing the Math on the Department of Education Interim Charter Report
Gordon MacInnes | March 24, 2011 | Opinion
By assuming all poor kids are the same, the DOE can "prove" charters are better.
Opinion: The OSA Con Game
Gordon MacInnes | March 14, 2011 | Opinion
Think the Opportunity Scholarship Act is going to help poor kids trapped in failing schools? Think again.
What Do OSA Advocates Have to Hide?
Gordon MacInnes | February 8, 2011 | Opinion
An even dozen questions to slow down the Opportunity Scholarship Act so we all can see what it really says.
Opinion: Deception, Fiscal Irresponsibility, School Vouchers
Gordon MacInnes | January 24, 2011 | Opinion
The school voucher program can't deliver on its promises, but it can help subsidize private schools across the state.
Opinion: The Hidden Peril in Christie's Superintendent Salary Caps
Gordon MacInnes | January 6, 2011 | Opinion
Putting a lid on superintendent salaries encourages talented, committed candidates to look for work somewhere else, and that's very bad for the Garden State.
Opinion: Keeping the Task Force on Task
Gordon MacInnes | November 19, 2010 | Opinion
The Teacher Effectiveness Task Force is too important to fail.
Opinion: Learning from Newark's Best Schools
Gordon MacInnes | October 19, 2010 | Opinion
Concentrating on early literacy can transform schools and their students.
Opinion: Newark Needs More than Facebook Reform
Gordon MacInnes | October 15, 2010 | Opinion
The Christie, Booker, Zuckerberg extravaganza can't hide an inconvenient truth: Newark is in shambles.
Opinion: OSA: Exploiting Poor Kids in Failed Schools
Gordon MacInnes | September 23, 2010 | Opinion
Running the numbers makes it clear that the Opportunity Scholarship Act isn't about helping at-risk kids.
Opinion: Scholarship Act Puts Strange Spin on ‘Opportunity’
Gordon MacInnes | August 23, 2010 | Opinion
Proposed voucher legislation redirects funds away from the very students who need help most.
Opinion: How Washington's Educational Models Help New Jersey Schools Fail
Gordon MacInnes | August 2, 2010 | Opinion
The latest models for education reform refuse to acknowledge the real problem: the concentrated poverty that isolates the poorest students.
Opinion: The Disastrous Dismantling of Public Higher Education
Gordon MacInnes | July 13, 2010 | Opinion
Ample evidence of how New Jersey’s politicians have agreed to forgo the proven benefits of investing in public colleges.
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