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Fine Print: Ruiz-Madden Bill Package Protect Students from Sexual Abuse
John Mooney | June 15, 2018 | Education
Hidden video catches union leaders saying they’d protect teachers
Closer to Compromise: Can Sweeney and Murphy Reach Closure on School Funding?
John Mooney | June 8, 2018 | Education
Both camps are reporting progress, without releasing any details, with the Senate president suggesting the sides may be ‘close’
Lawmakers Wrestle with Troubling Topic: Sexual Abuse at School
John Mooney | June 1, 2018 | Education
Joint session responds to videotape of union leaders dismissing claims of teacher misconduct, but struggles to determine what’s missing from current regulations
Envisioning the Future with Newark’s Roger León
John Mooney | May 31, 2018 | Education
In a far-ranging Q&A with NJ Spotlight, Newark’s new superintendent of schools touches on changes and challenges facing the state’s largest district
Newark Chooses One of Its Own to Serve as District Super
John Mooney | May 23, 2018 | Education
After more than two decades of state control of its schools, New Jersey’s largest city names Roger León to the top post
Putting Acting Commissioner Repollet’s Staff Picks in Perspective
John Mooney | May 11, 2018 | Education
As he names assistant commissioners, Repollet draws both on newcomers and on department veterans
What Do High Scores on NAEP Mean for Murphy’s PARCC Plans?
John Mooney | May 7, 2018 | Education
With NJ ranked at or near top on the Nation’s Report Card, some members of state board aren’t so sure PARCC needs to be scrapped
Paterson Starts on Long Road Back to Local Control
John Mooney | May 3, 2018 | Education
More than two decades after the takeover, state starts to review how it makes these critical decisions
Repollet Delivers PARCC Pitch and Plan to Educators
John Mooney | April 30, 2018 | Education
Acting education commissioner explains where the state is with the contentious test — and where it’s headed
Acting Education Commissioner Says PARCC Here for at Least Another Year
John Mooney | April 24, 2018 | Education
Repollet explains the expensive ins and outs of ending one testing program and ramping up another
What Would ‘Full Funding’ of School Aid Look Like? Add $2.3B to Districts
John Mooney | April 24, 2018 | Education
OLS releases figures that put a price tag on full funding — increase would be offset by reduction of $660 million in transition aid
Repollet Walks Back Stance on School Aid, Says He’s Open to Compromise
John Mooney | April 18, 2018 | Education
Administration’s willingness to shift gears may get acting commissioner through the full confirmation process
One on One with Paymon Rouhanifard, Camden’s Departing Superintendent
John Mooney | April 16, 2018 | Education
Rouhanifard fields questions about progress in Camden, rise of charters, carrying his work forward, statewide exams, and coaching b-ball at Camden High
NJ Public Schools Perform on Par or Better on ‘Nation’s Report Card’
John Mooney | April 11, 2018 | Education
Despite progress among poor and minority students, achievement gaps must still be bridged
Repollet Confirmation, as Much Celebration as Cross-Examination
John Mooney | March 27, 2018 | Education
Murphy’s choice for commissioner of education draws applause at Senate Judiciary hearing
Murphy School Aid Plan Keeps Promises, Raises Questions
John Mooney | March 16, 2018 | Education
The numbers aren’t set in stone, but districts have gotten a first look at state aid to public schools
Pre-K Murphy’s Way: Educators Sound off on Governor’s Spending Plan
John Mooney | March 15, 2018 | Education
At conference to mark 20th anniversary of Abbott v. Burke, talk turns to governor’s education budget and pledge to extend preschool statewide in four years
Murphy’s Education Budget: Some Pledges Redeemed, Some Deferred
John Mooney | March 14, 2018 | Education
Murphy’s call for a $283 million increase in aid to public schools — to more than $9.6 billion — is the biggest bump in almost a decade
Murphy Administration Makes First Move to Part Ways with PARCC
John Mooney | March 7, 2018 | Education
Education commissioner issues state of PARCC memo, announces advisory group and listening tour
Can Murphy Live Up to His Promises About Higher Education?
John Mooney | February 7, 2018 | Education
The new governor’s intentions are good, but he has yet to offer much in the way of specifics concerning his strategy
Profile: Newark Interim Superintendent Could Be in for the Long Haul
John Mooney | February 2, 2018 | Profiles
Robert Gregory rises through the school ranks as Newark regains local control
Education Transition Report Delivers Some Details and Early Directions
John Mooney | January 29, 2018 | Education
Report touches on most of Murphy's education promises, but in some cases seems to step away from several high-profile goals
New Education Boss Would Take Seat in Trying Time for State’s Schools
John Mooney | January 16, 2018 | Education
Murphy names Asbury Park’s Lamont Repollet as commissioner of education
Keeping Tabs on the New Democratic Committee Chairs
John Mooney | January 10, 2018 | Politics
Who earned a seat, who’s moving on — or up — and what does it portend for the coming legislative session?
2018 and Counting: Drawing a Bead on Gov.-Elect Murphy’s Education Policies
John Mooney | January 2, 2018 | Education
In some ways, Murphy campaigned as ‘not Christie,’ but now it’s time to start delivering on his education promises and programs
Can the New Governor Help Close the Racial Divide in NJ’s Schools?
John Mooney | December 28, 2017 | Winter 2017
It will take political will and more to address the imbalances that make New Jersey’s education system one of the most segregated in the country
Fighting the War on Opioids, Substance Abuse on School Front
John Mooney | December 7, 2017 | Education
Administration consolidates tools, lesson plans on one website to help educators spend time teaching rather than searching
Tell Us What You Want to Know About Murphy’s Transition Team
John Mooney | November 27, 2017 | Politics
We can help answer your questions, and your question can help shape our coverage
New Jersey’s Public Schools Still Among Most Segregated in Nation
John Mooney | November 20, 2017 | Education
Almost 10 percent of all students attend “apartheid schools,” where 99 percent or more of the student body is nonwhite
Murphy Names Transition Team, Signals His Priorities
John Mooney | November 14, 2017 | Politics
High-profile appointees include NJEA president; Gov.-elect also appoints less well-known figures
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