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NJ Spotlight on Cities: Help Chart the Future of Our Urban Centers
John Mooney | September 26, 2016 | Planning
A day-long conference featuring 50 speakers geared to creating an urban agenda for the Garden State
Fine Print: State Auditor Calls Out ‘Convoluted’ Allotting of School Aid
John Mooney | September 22, 2016 | Education
Auditor confirms Christie administration’s underfunding — and overfunding — of school districts
Christie Asks Top Court to Let Him Rewrite School-Funding Formula
John Mooney | September 19, 2016 | Education
The governor, who has decried the Supreme Court as ‘activist,’ asks it to sweep aside 30 years of support for Abbott rulings
Sweeney to Bypass Christie to Set Up School-Funding Commission
John Mooney | September 12, 2016 | Education
Senate president hopes to work with Republicans in the Legislature to create a bipartisan commission by resolution
Q&A with Former Gov. Kean — Fighting Terrorism, Beyond the 9/11 Commission
John Mooney | September 12, 2016 | Politics
A new effort that is neither military nor based strictly on intelligence is seen as the next critical step in the war on terrorism
Agenda: Hespe Makes His Swan Song as Commissioner
John Mooney | September 7, 2016 | Education
Back-to-school meeting dives into fiscal rules, puts off some other more controversial topics
Final Year of Christie Administration Could See Big Education Battles
John Mooney | September 6, 2016 | Education
School funding and state controls for Newark and other cities, PARCC graduation requirements and superintendent caps — It could be a bumpy ride
‘Other’ School-Funding Plan Promises Fast Relief, but Does It Have a Chance?
John Mooney | August 16, 2016 | Education
Two Essex County legislators try again with a school-funding proposal, knowing the odds against it are high
State Allows Newark to Measure Academic Achievements in New Ways
John Mooney | August 9, 2016 | Education
Inching toward restoration of local control of schools, Newark receives waiver from standard QSACs
Court Challenge Likely for New HS Graduation Requirements Tied to PARCC Testing
John Mooney | August 4, 2016 | Education
New rules supposed to take effect in 2021 but critics, including ACLU, charge they violate state law
Politics Playing a Part, Christie Hails Improved Scores On PARCC Tests
John Mooney | August 3, 2016 | Education
The number of students taking the controversial tests was also up in the second year of the standardized exams
Agenda: State Board to Finalize HS Graduation Requirements
John Mooney | August 2, 2016 | Education
Midsummer meeting also considers teacher requirements and Newark state control
Long, Winding Road for Sweeney’s and Christie’s Education-Funding Plans
John Mooney | July 25, 2016 | Education
Getting either to the Legislature, never mind passed, is proving to be a tough challenge
Capital Perk: Sen. Sweeney's 'Chill-Pill' Advice on HS Testing
John Mooney | July 21, 2016 | Capital Perk
According to the Senate president, there's plenty of time to explore all reasonable options
Capital Perk: The Senate President and the South Jersey Powerbroker
John Mooney | July 20, 2016 | Capital Perk
Steve Sweeney and George Norcross have a lot in common, starting with their childhood
Is Sweeney Playing Coy About His Gubernatorial Ambitions?
John Mooney | July 19, 2016 | Video, Capital Perk
'Exploring the opportunities?' Why Sweeney isn’t ready to commit to a 2017 run for governor — at least not yet
Capital Perk: The President of the Senate on Gov. Chris Christie
John Mooney | July 18, 2016 | Video, Capital Perk
There have been some explosive, expletive-deleted exchanges between Sweeney and Gov. Christie. What’s it really like in the trenches?
New Jersey Schools Must Test Every Faucet and Drinking Fountain for Lead
John Mooney | July 14, 2016 | Education
Emergency regulations passed by state Board of Education take effect immediately
Capital Perk: Life Lessons in Gratitude
John Mooney | July 14, 2016 | Video, Capital Perk
Senate president Steve Sweeney opens up about what he's learned from his special-needs daughter
Agenda: Lead Testing Gets Regulatory Fast Track
John Mooney | July 13, 2016 | Education
State board to move on several state initiatives, including Abigail’s Law
Sweeney Calls State House Summit on School-Funding Plan, But Where is NJEA?
John Mooney | July 12, 2016 | Education
Christie cancels suburban town hall meeting on his school-funding scheme to be at Trump’s side
In Union County, a Surprising Response to Sweeney’s School-Funding Plan
John Mooney | July 8, 2016 | Education
Mayors and superintendents talk ‘accountability,’ one of the hot-buttons of Christie’s competing school-funding scheme
Gov. Christie Takes His ‘Fairness Formula’ On the Road
John Mooney | June 29, 2016 | Education
The governor is back pressing the flesh and taking questions in a venue highly reminiscent of his campaign trail town hall meetings.
Unfazed by Christie Plan, Sweeney Pushes His Education Proposal
John Mooney | June 27, 2016 | Education
Senate president looks for some Republican support, says he’s willing to go around governor if necessary
Q&A with Gov. Christie About His Radical School Funding Plan
John Mooney | June 23, 2016 | Education
‘Monumental change’ is how governor describes his reform, but will it meet monumental opposition?
Gov. Christie’s School-Funding Plan: Bold or Botched -- or Both?
John Mooney | June 22, 2016 | Education
All students getting the same would be fine in the leafy suburbs, but poorer districts would end up hemorrhaging money -- and teachers
Checking in on the South Hunterdon School Consolidation
John Mooney | June 21, 2016 | Education
The regionalization is running smoothly, but required more work than anybody involved ever imagined
Nine More Charters Advance Through Phase I of Application Process
John Mooney | June 14, 2016 | Education
Contenders include schools from three suburban towns, added to the mix of charters from urban centers
Sweeney on School Funding: Q&A with the State Senate President
John Mooney | June 13, 2016 | Education
Sweeney’s proposed plan calls for a four-member commission and an up or down vote on its recommendations. Here’s his thinking on the issue
Fine Print: Sweeney Proposes Commission to Report on School Funding
John Mooney | June 10, 2016 | Education
Task force to report in year on inequities in funding, followed by five years to implement recommendations
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