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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
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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
New Lighthouse District Initiative Shines Light on Top Schools
John Mooney | November 7, 2017 | Education
Rollout of initial recipients spotlights small districts that are very smart about how they use data to tune curriculum, teacher advancement
Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Deeply Divided on Education
John Mooney | November 2, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
From school funding to student testing, Murphy and Guadagno could be speaking different languages
Tackling the Toughest Questions Facing NJ’s Public Education System
John Mooney | October 18, 2017 | Education
A new report in the “Crossroads NJ” series recommends a variety of solutions to problems like school funding and segregation
One Last Question: The Candidates on District Consolidation
John Mooney | October 11, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017
Home rule is still the order of the day, but both candidates understand the economic boost that would come with regionalization
Small Steps in Dyslexia Education Add up to Measurable Progress
John Mooney | October 11, 2017 | Education
The release of a long-awaited educator’s guidebook, as well as pending legislation on teaching reading, truly help make October Dyslexia Awareness Month
Latest PARCC Results Released, But Fate of Tests After Elections Is Murky
John Mooney | September 29, 2017 | Education
Most recent scores show gains statewide, but proficiency levels in math and language arts don’t break 60 percent of test takers
Murphy Questions Why State Takeovers Target ‘Communities of Color’
John Mooney | September 25, 2017 | Education
Democratic hopeful for governor also talks about Paterson, another city where state is in control of local schools
Local Control of Camden Schools Not on a Fast Track
John Mooney | September 18, 2017 | Education
Mayor, superintendent say schools have improved since state took over the district but obstacles to autonomy remain
Brave New World for Newark Schools as State Cedes Control
John Mooney | September 14, 2017 | Education
With one struggle ended, politicians, educators, advocates, and parents look to new challenges
Latest Teacher Evaluations Show Progress in ‘Effective’ Educators
John Mooney | September 11, 2017 | Education
AchieveNJ also notes that too many high ratings might mean missed opportunities for ‘coaching’ and ‘training’
At First Day of School, Newark Also Celebrates Soon-to-End State Control
John Mooney | September 6, 2017 | Education
Mayor Baraka and state-appointed superintendent Cerf both acknowledge significant gains district has made in past few years
Back-to-School Special: Policy, Politics, and the Upcoming Elections
John Mooney | September 5, 2017 | Education
Education always plays a big part in New Jersey politics, but this year it’s going to be an even more critical factor thanks to the gubernatorial race
The Long Goodbye: State Board Plans Newark Exit Strategy
John Mooney | August 18, 2017 | Education
With demonstrable progress made — and most of the rancor laid to rest — Newark prepares to resume local control
State Board Issues Guidelines for Social and Emotional Education …
John Mooney | August 14, 2017 | Education
… and NJ Spotlight speaks with Rutgers’ Maurice Elias, international leader in emotional intelligence, school success, and character development
New Jersey One of Few States to Win Approval of Fed Education Plan
John Mooney | August 10, 2017 | Education
Garden State’s accountability and monitoring plans center on supporting specific student groups, moving beyond testing to gauge school performance
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