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Interactive Map: Surveying Administrative Costs per Pupil Across NJ
Colleen O'Dea | April 29, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Administrative costs range from a low of 4 percent of the budget in Avalon to nearly 40 percent for Camden’s Freedom Prep Charter School
U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of NJ Cop, Citing First Amendment Rights
Colleen O'Dea | April 27, 2016 | Politics
In decade-old case, Paterson police officer was demoted for picking up a sign for opponent of incumbent mayor
Profile: She Redefines Poverty to Include Working People Who Can’t Get By
Colleen O'Dea | April 27, 2016 | Profiles
Stephanie Hoopes melds data, compassion, and a respect for human dignity in a new methodology that reveals the hidden face of poverty -- beyond the official statistics
Interactive Map: How Big a Tax Bite Did the IRS Take Out of New Jersey?
Colleen O'Dea | April 22, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
New Jerseyans' total liability in 2013 was $53.9 billion, an average of approximately $16,450 per person or household filing a return
Does Counting Costly Homes as ‘Affordable’ Let Towns Lowball Housing Needs?
Colleen O'Dea | April 20, 2016 | Housing
Some municipalities are listing ‘McMansions’ on their rosters of affordable housing, even though they’re out of reach of low- and middle-income buyers
The List: Top Garden State Lobbying Firms that Collected the Most Fees
Colleen O'Dea | April 18, 2016 | The List
With multiple clients, high-profile lobbyists continue to thrive -- understandably so, with more than $70 million spent on lobbying this past year
Interactive Map: Tracking New Jersey’s Sluggish Home Construction Industry
Colleen O'Dea | April 15, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Figures for 2015 show that the number of building permits for residential construction continues a downward trend from 2005
Is Racial Profiling Police Policy in Bloomfield -- and Other Communities?
Colleen O'Dea | April 12, 2016 | More Issues
Do cops routinely stop black and Latino drivers so they can boost municipal revenue with traffic fines?
Interactive Map: Tracking Per-Pupil Spending, Teacher Salaries Across NJ Districts
Colleen O'Dea | April 8, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Size doesn’t always equal dollar amounts; tiny Avalon, in Cape May County, spent almost $64,000 per student -- compared with statewide average of $20,000
Disorder in Municipal Court: Can Officials, Money, and the Cops Affect Decisions?
Colleen O'Dea | April 5, 2016 | More Issues
Too many actions that are taken for granted can compromise the independence of the municipal court system
Wide Array of Hopefuls Seek Slots as Delegates – and in Congressional Races
Colleen O'Dea | April 5, 2016 | Politics
Ten races for U.S. House of Representatives top June ballot; Christie and son are among would-be delegates to party convention
Interactive Map: Kids in Every County in New Jersey At Risk for Lead Poisoning
Colleen O'Dea | April 1, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Only difference between richest and poorest counties is the number of children with blood-lead levels at or above the CDC danger threshold
Making Sure There’s Life Beyond the Nursing Home for Those Who Are Ready
Colleen O'Dea | April 1, 2016 | Healthcare
The ‘I Choose Home NJ’ program has helped nearly 1,700 people make the move from nursing homes to community settings
The List: New Jersey Counties with the Highest Immigrant Populations
Colleen O'Dea | March 28, 2016 | The List
The foreign-born contribute in myriad ways to the Garden State, including counterbalancing the number of folks who move away each year
Thousands Who Need Housing Assistance Fall through Tear in Safety Net
Colleen O'Dea | March 24, 2016 | Social
Governor’s go-ahead sought to help very poor who have chronic need for help with housing
Interactive Map: Revealing Where Lead Lurks in New Jersey’s Drinking Water
Colleen O'Dea | March 18, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
The lead scare in Newark’s public schools has made headlines, but the presence of the toxic metal is a problem statewide
PARCC Graduation Requirement Is Illegal, Argue Education Advocates
Colleen O'Dea | March 17, 2016 | Education
According to some estimates, almost 55,000 seniors failed or sat out PARCC, jeopardizing their chance to graduate with class of 2016
In New Jersey, Wealth is Health, According to Report Being Released Today
Colleen O'Dea | March 17, 2016 | Healthcare
Study finds that nearly 40 percent of New Jerseyans get less than seven hours of shuteye a night
New Law Would Extend Full Rights to Domestic Partners of Crime Victims
Colleen O'Dea | March 15, 2016 | More Issues
Right now, only a blood relative or a legal spouse is entitled to compensation and services
Interactive Map: Most Towns Receive Less State Aid Than They Received in 2006
Colleen O'Dea | March 11, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Only major cities would see significant boost in funding under Gov. Christie’s proposed budget
Profile: Family’s Own Story Motivates Her to Help the Working Poor in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | March 9, 2016 | Profiles
Executive director of New Jersey Working Families has worked as union organizer, grassroots activist
Interactive Map: Who Gave Money to Christie, and How Much Did They Give?
Colleen O'Dea | March 4, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Governor discusses failed campaign, out-of-state travel, endorsement of Trump, calls for him to quit
Interactive Map: More Than 20 Percent of NJ Residents Were Born Outside U.S.
Colleen O'Dea | February 26, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Foreign-born immigrants help offset loss of hundreds of thousands of people who moved to other states
Ocean County Affordable Housing Could See Sizable Bump After Court Ruling
Colleen O'Dea | February 25, 2016 | Housing
Superior Court decision could lead to more affordable housing being built across New Jersey
Explainer: NJ’s Welfare Programs Pay Well Below Federal Poverty Level
Colleen O'Dea | February 23, 2016 | Explainer
Qualifying family of three receives just $424 per month, although other help – such as housing subsidies – is also available
Interactive Map: Most of NJ’s Poorest Kids Not Getting Help They Need
Colleen O'Dea | February 19, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Even families receiving cash assistance are getting payments that were set in the late 1980s -- and haven’t been raised since
Interactive Map: NJ’s Property Taxes Exceed Inflation, Outpace Income
Colleen O'Dea | February 12, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Average bill increases by more than mandated 2 percent cap, exceeding $8,000, in biggest hike since 2011
Interactive Map: High Schools and Wealthier Districts Had Most Untested
Colleen O'Dea | February 5, 2016 | Education, Maps, Map of the Week
However, state data does not show exactly how many students skipped PARCC specifically because of parental concerns
Democratic Lawmakers Look to Jump-Start Affordable Housing Construction
Colleen O'Dea | February 5, 2016 | Housing
Program would create new class of tax credits to encourage developers to build in certain communities across the state
The List: New Jersey Schools with the Highest Percentage of Kids Living in Poverty
Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2016 | The List
Poor children grow up to be impoverished adults. Along the way they’re more likely to be sick, score low on standardized tests, experience violence, and ultimately drop out
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