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Interactive Map: SAT Scores Drop As More Garden State Students Take Test
Colleen O'Dea | May 27, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Even with decline in math and writing scores, NJ still above national average. Reading holds steady.
2016 Primary: District 11
Colleen O'Dea | May 27, 2016 | Elections 2016
The Impossible Dream: Affordable Rentals for Cash-Strapped Residents
Colleen O'Dea | May 26, 2016 | Housing
Punching the clock at minimum wage means some New Jerseyans would have to work 18 hours a day to rent a two-bedroom home in the Garden State
Interactive Map: NJ's ‘Boomburbs’ Shrink; Counties Closer to NYC Thrive
Colleen O'Dea | May 20, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Experts say hot New York City job market draws young people attracted to urban living -- and with few job prospects in the burbs
Refugees Welcome in NJ, Despite Administration’s Move to Stop Them
Colleen O'Dea | May 18, 2016 | Social, Immigration
The Christie administration may be pulling out of U.S. resettlement program, but it can’t stop refugees from making a home in Garden State -- despite governor’s rhetoric
The List: 10 Schools That Make the Grade for Student Scores in Advanced Classes
Colleen O'Dea | May 16, 2016 | The List
Students across the state are taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests to earn college credit or graduate early
Interactive Map: New Jersey Gets Healthier Thanks to Affordable Care Act
Colleen O'Dea | May 13, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Residents across state mostly see gains in health insurance coverage, with poorest New Jerseyans making significant increases
Explainer: How the Census Gathers Data on a Dizzying Array of Facts, Figures
Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2016 | Explainer
The real work is done by the American Community Survey, which builds up a database of everything from homes without kitchens to income of occupants
Interactive Map: High-Profile Contests Drive NJ's Primary Registration
Colleen O'Dea | May 6, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
But now that Clinton, Trump appear to have a lock on nominations, actual turnout may take a dip
Visitors, Tourist Spending Take Slight Dip at Four of NJ’s National Parks
Colleen O'Dea | May 4, 2016 | More Issues
Garden State parks bucked national trend, which saw increases in visits and spending
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
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