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Forcing NJ Universities to Come Clean on All their Hidden Fees
Carly Sitrin | September 13, 2018 | Education
The cost of tuition at colleges and universities in the state is one thing. But many students are blindsided by extra ‘hidden’ fees and legislators are pushing for transparency
Is It Time for New Jersey to License Undocumented Drivers?
Carly Sitrin | September 7, 2018 | Immigration
Advocates and some legislators say it’s more than time. Besides, given NJ’s car culture, a fair number of undocumented residents are already behind the wheel — illegally
Gearing Up for the Future: New Jersey Gets its First Innovation Chief
Carly Sitrin | August 16, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Veteran of Obama administration, tech and academic worlds, is given job of harnessing tech to update government in New Jersey
Shock for Three School Districts as New Funding Comes Up Way Short
Carly Sitrin | August 9, 2018 | Education
Recent landmark reform was supposed to correct big imbalances in state aid to schools. Glassboro and two other districts get a nasty surprise
Legalizing Marijuana in NJ: Where’s the Bill, Who Benefits, Who Pays?
Carly Sitrin | August 6, 2018 | Social
New Jersey is on the cusp of legalizing recreational cannabis. But with no legislation ready, questions — and fears — are being raised
Down Payment on Murphy’s Plan for Free Community College in NJ
Carly Sitrin | August 1, 2018 | Education
Starting in spring semester, hundreds of students may not have to pay tuition as pilot program is rolled out
Rutgers–New Brunswick Chancellor Steps Down After Just One Year
Carly Sitrin | July 27, 2018 | Education
Debasish Dutta tells student his ‘vision for the chancellorship’ doesn’t mesh with the way the university sees the position
Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About School Funding in NJ
Carly Sitrin | July 25, 2018 | Explainer
Funding for New Jersey’s K-12 schools is one of the state’s most divisive issues, pitting district against district. How did it ever get that way?
State Suspends Low-Level Marijuana Cases Until September — For a Start
Carly Sitrin | July 25, 2018 | Politics
Attorney General says decision buys time for working group to advise on prosecutorial authority and downgrading of charges. Directive does not extend to law enforcement
Profile: Onetime Obama Staffer Now Steers Higher Ed in NJ
Carly Sitrin | July 24, 2018 | Profiles
Georgia native focuses on developing ‘first-class, best-in-the-nation, free community college plan’ for New Jersey
Attorney General Just Says ‘No’ to Decriminalizing Marijuana in Jersey City
Carly Sitrin | July 23, 2018 | Politics
AG’s stance surprises some, given Murphy administration’s support for legalizing cannabis use
NJ Wine Growers Say Road Signage Prohibitions Are Keeping Them Hidden
Carly Sitrin | July 17, 2018 | More Issues
Quality and quantity of Garden State wine on the upswing, but producers lament rules that limit their use of signs
NJ Renews Funding for McGreevey’s Prisoner Re-Entry Program
Carly Sitrin | July 13, 2018 | Social
Former governor celebrates fresh grants, including one that helps people get jobs in construction
Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, Microbe: Parsing NJ’s Potential State Symbols
Carly Sitrin | June 22, 2018 | Politics
Will the Pine Barrens tree frog, horseshoe crab, Tom Edison, franklinite, and Streptomyces griseus — among others — join the bog turtle as official symbols of the Garden State?
After Paramus Tragedy, Making School Buses Safer, Drivers More Accountable
Carly Sitrin | June 20, 2018 | Education
Lawmakers offer legislation to upgrade seat belts, strengthen training and regulation of drivers, and add to safety of special-needs students
Burlington County Leads with $20M Initiative for Greater School Security
Carly Sitrin | June 15, 2018 | Education
Board of Freeholders dedicates half the capital budget to beef up safety at 21 public high schools
Working to Close Security-Funding Gap Between Public and Private Schools
Carly Sitrin | June 8, 2018 | Politics
The state allocates money for security at nonpublic schools at roughly half the per-pupil rate of public schools. Some lawmakers are looking to end this unequal protection under the law
With No Incumbent in the 11th, Broad Range of Republicans Vie for Chance
Carly Sitrin | May 30, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Primary hopefuls include traditional party members, social moderates, and one contender who promises to use an online app to make sure he votes the way his constituents want
Republican Candidates in the Seventh, a Microcosm of Today’s GOP
Carly Sitrin | May 25, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Lance, the incumbent, has the money and the experience, but is he vulnerable to a challenge from the left or the right wing of his party?
NJ and Legalized Marijuana: National Model or Petri Dish?
Carly Sitrin | May 14, 2018 | Roundtables
At NJ Spotlight roundtable on marijuana reform, participants say get ready for discussions to break out into the open — and look for legalization sooner rather than later
New Law Would Relax State Strictures on Hair-Braiding in New Jersey
Carly Sitrin | May 9, 2018 | More Issues
The practice has its roots in West Africa. Current NJ regulations require attendance at cosmetology schools, many of which have no classes on the subject
NJ High School Students Focus Energy, Efforts on Registering to Vote
Carly Sitrin | May 2, 2018 | Politics
Gun-control protests have taught students they have a voice that will be heeded. Now they are funneling their drive into civic engagement
Does School Security Mean Transforming Facilities into Fortresses?
Carly Sitrin | April 19, 2018 | Education
Active shooter drills, armed guards, video surveillance, safety training for all personnel, including lunch aides and janitors — is this the new face of education in New Jersey?
Students’ Lives Are Priceless, But School Security Can Break the Budget
Carly Sitrin | April 17, 2018 | Education
After Sandy Hook and Parkland, schools need military-grade imaging, metal detectors, wands, magnetic locks, ID card scanners, and surveillance cameras with livestream capabilities
Beyond Signs and Slogans: What Does Rutgers’ Adjunct Faculty Want?
Carly Sitrin | April 13, 2018 | Education
Part-time lecturers are asking for pay equity, affordable healthcare, and job security. Rutgers says it can’t afford to fund those requests
A Beautiful Picture: NJ Schools Offer Art Classes for Almost Every Student
Carly Sitrin | March 23, 2018 | Education
Art educators say it’s about more than painting or music or drama; art helps students explore who they are and can help them find their way in life
Appellate Court Rules Disgraced NJ Senator Will Be Stripped of Full Pension
Carly Sitrin | March 16, 2018 | Politics
Court upholds earlier pension board decision denying former Sen. Wayne Bryant all of his $81,000 pension payout
No Consensus on Cannabis Emerges from Marathon Assembly Hearing
Carly Sitrin | March 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Amid the clamor of voices pro and con, what comes clear is the fact that there are many valid arguments and no easy answers
Murphy Joins Fellow Democratic Governors to Help Stem Gun Violence
Carly Sitrin | February 23, 2018 | Politics
New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island agree to share intelligence, databases concerning gun issues
Poor Students Still Not Getting Breakfast in Many NJ Schools
Carly Sitrin | February 13, 2018 | Education
Report indicates that New Jersey remains 19th in country for participation in school breakfast program, essentially the position it held in previous school year
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