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State Removes 19 Schools from Watch List for Student Achievement Gaps
John Mooney | July 30, 2015 | Education
Districts told efforts to improve have led to removal from ‘focus school’ designation
Bill Would Designate Some Classroom Standouts as ‘Teacher Leaders’
John Mooney | July 28, 2015 | Education
Educators, policy makers surveyed by NJ Spotlight offer views on how proposed position should be defined
Senate Democrats Craft Nonbinding Resolution for PARCC Testing Opt-Outs
John Mooney | July 27, 2015 | Education
Low-key request simply asks that students and families who choose not to take PARCC exams not be punished for decision
Feds: Administration Can Keep Targeting 'Priority' and ‘Focus’ Schools
John Mooney | July 24, 2015 | Education
State DOE revises accountability system for state-run districts, severely challenged schools
State Moves to Add Arbitrators to Handle Rise in Teacher-Tenure Disputes
John Mooney | July 23, 2015 | Education
Number of cases this year already near total for all of 2014 – and pace is expected to accelerate
Questions Arise About Status of State's Monitoring of School Districts
John Mooney | July 22, 2015 | Education
How much does state need to revamp QSAC for when Newark returns to local control, along with other districts and maybe even charters?
Program’s Been Changing Lives of Low-Income College Students for Nearly 50 Years
John Mooney | July 20, 2015 | Education
Educational Opportunity Fund has provided funding – and mentorship – for thousands of young people in New Jersey
Settling Into New Job, Cerf Must Come to Terms with Opposition to ‘One Newark’
John Mooney | July 17, 2015 | Education
The state is saying the controversial enrollment program remains in place for now, but critics are already calling for its elimination
Teacher-Evaluation Ratings Released for Schools Around the State
John Mooney | July 16, 2015 | Education
But results are for 2013-14 and are incomplete for many districts, as much information was redacted due to privacy provisions
Four New Charters Get Final Go-Ahead From State to Begin Classes in September
John Mooney | July 16, 2015 | Education
Schools cleared to open their doors this fall in Plainfield, Atlantic City, Jersey City and Bridgeton
What Will Local Control in Newark Mean to Paterson, Jersey City, Camden?
John Mooney | July 15, 2015 | Education
Plans for Newark raise possibilities -- and hopes -- for three cities whose schools are at least under partial state operation
Commissioner Shuffles Duties, Positions at State Department of Education
John Mooney | July 14, 2015 | Education
Changes by Hespe stem from shifts in administration’s priorities for last two years of Christie’s tenure
School-Security Task Force's Report Recommends Measures to Bolster Safety
John Mooney | July 13, 2015 | Education
While calling for giving staff and students ID and access cards, panel hedges on armed personnel and silent ‘panic alarms’
Nine Proposed Charters Clear First Hurdle in State's Application Process
John Mooney | July 10, 2015 | Education
But 14 applications are denied, including two proposed for suburban communities and one offering virtual learning
Cerf Wins Newark Schools Job in Narrow Vote – and Now Comes the Hard Part
John Mooney | July 9, 2015 | Education
New superintendent faces tensions over ties to Cami Anderson and community frustration with state control of district
State Unveils Plan for Wide-Ranging Review of Common Core Standards
John Mooney | July 9, 2015 | Education
Six-month initiative to reshape academic guidelines will include four committees, focus groups, online survey and ‘listening tours’
Unusual Mystery and Drama Mark Meeting Today of State Board of Education
John Mooney | July 8, 2015 | Education
Contrary to panel’s typical unanimity, outcome uncertain for vote on appointing Chris Cerf as Newark's new schools superintendent
Agenda: State Board Takes Up Newark Superintendent and Common Core Changes
John Mooney | July 7, 2015 | Education
Abrupt changes in state-run district and the NJ’s participation in controversial achievement standards top agenda for the month
Explainer: Control of Local School Districts Comes Under Fire in Third Decade
John Mooney | July 7, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Once viewed as a pioneering initiative, the latest drama in Newark's takeover saga brings state law to the center of debate
Q&A: Newark’s Mayor Talks About His Surprising Alliance with Gov. Christie
John Mooney | July 2, 2015 | Education
Baraka discusses genesis of deal to begin returning control of city’s schools, addresses criticisms and concerns
Profile: Trailblazer’s Work, Life Have Been About Much More Than Sex-Ed in Schools
John Mooney | July 2, 2015 | Profiles
Susie Wilson, who led fight for family life curriculum in NJ, shares stories from her friendships with the Kennedys to the present day in new memoir
Not Everyone Felt Good About Christie’s Feel-Good Event at His Alma Mater
John Mooney | July 1, 2015 | Education, Politics
Teachers protested outside while school board grappled with request to use school for political event
Vetoes Get Attention But Some Education Spending Avoids Budget Ax
John Mooney | June 30, 2015 | Education
More than $14M in new expenditures includes boost in funding for adult high schools, career programs and vo-tech schools
Unlikely Partners Form Alliance to Shape the Future of Newark's Public Schools
John Mooney | June 29, 2015 | Education
On heels of Cami Anderson’s resignation, Gov. Christie and Mayor Baraka name panel to work on returning district to local control
Christie Uses Budget Signing to Weigh in on Wide Variety of Issues
John Mooney | June 27, 2015 | Politics
From Cami Anderson’s departure to Supreme Court’s decisions, governor wants New Jersey -- and the country -- to know where he stands
Democratic Lawmakers Add Last-Minute Funding for Pet Education Projects
John Mooney | June 26, 2015 | Education
Nearly $40 million in spending tacked onto proposed state budget sent to Gov. Christie
Feds Chastise Christie Administration for Ignoring Its Own Rules in Newark
John Mooney | June 25, 2015 | Education
Letter from U.S. Department of Education takes state to task for not delivering on promises to almost half of schools in largest district in New Jersey
The Reality of Cerf’s Return Starts to Dawn on Newark’s Politicos, Teachers
John Mooney | June 24, 2015 | Education
Former schools commissioner -- and Anderson’s mentor -- may be in for a rocky reentry as some concerns, challenges are raised
Anderson’s Departure from Newark Schools Marks End of Tumultuous Period
John Mooney | June 23, 2015 | Education
Hespe announces that his predecessor, Chris Cerf, will pilot stormy district – with local control next goal
At NJ Spotlight Roundtable, Kudos and Challenges for Pre-K and Beyond
John Mooney | June 22, 2015 | Education
Senate President Sweeney uses venue to announce preschool services, full-day kindergarten among his ‘top-five’ priorities
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