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Fine Print: Assembly May Be Close to Making Decision on School-Recess Bill
John Mooney | November 30, 2015 | Education
Lower chamber nears final vote on measure that would mandate 20 minutes minimum of recess in elementary school
For Hopeful Seniors, PARCC Scores Could Complicate Graduation Plans
John Mooney | November 25, 2015 | Education
A low score on PARCC exams won’t cost students their diplomas, but it will shunt them into a world of options and alternative tests
Explainer: Looking at PARCC, As Much-Debated Testing Enters Second Year
John Mooney | November 24, 2015 | Explainer
NJ students taking the online exams this year will do it in single testing period, rather than two separate sessions
Video: Ex-Governor, Senator Discuss Worsening Plight of New Jersey’s ‘Working Poor’
John Mooney | November 24, 2015 | More Issues
United Way leads forum, seeks to help those who just don’t earn enough to support themselves in increasingly expensive state
Former Gov. Kean Disturbed by Politicians' Rhetoric About Syrian Refugees
John Mooney | November 23, 2015 | Politics
American Muslims are ‘our best friends’ says Kean, who once served as co-chair of national commission on September 11th attacks
New Education Reform Group Ready to Go Public, Targets Parental Involvement
John Mooney | November 23, 2015 | Education
Funding comes from charter school organization, while supporters include U.S. senator and two prominent state senators
New Law Being Hashed Out by D.C. Lawmakers May Have Big Impact on NJ Schools
John Mooney | November 20, 2015 | Education
Replacement for No Child Left Behind Act would give states more leeway in determining standards and developing own testing
PARCC’s Next Showing Will be to New Jersey's Families and Students
John Mooney | November 19, 2015 | Education
Districts around NJ could receive results for kids in high school within next few days
Lawmakers Tie Up Legislative Loose Ends Pertaining to State’s Schools
John Mooney | November 17, 2015 | Education
Committees address array of education matters ranging from bolstering special-education services to addressing chronic absenteeism
Special-Education Bills High on State Senate's Docket as Year Winds Down
John Mooney | November 16, 2015 | Education
Governor has already signed legislation requiring additional training for school-bus drivers and aides
It's Not 'One Camden' as Enrollment Plan Reflects Lessons Learned
John Mooney | November 13, 2015 | Education
Conflict experienced in Newark hasn’t surfaced so far as officials stress community involvement in universal enrollment system
NJ’s Decision to Stick with PARCC Puts It Among Small Minority of States
John Mooney | November 12, 2015 | Education
According to a new report, only seven states are using PARCC to evaluate students in 2015-2016, as more states go their own way
Candidate Christie’s Signing of School-Testing Bills Continues Shift in Views
John Mooney | November 10, 2015 | Education
After his earlier endorsement of Common Core, support of new legislation reflects further move to GOP’s right
Teachers Union -- and Its Money -- Helped Shape Outcome of Assembly Races
John Mooney | November 6, 2015 | Education
NJEA poured millions into Democratic candidates' campaigns, didn’t back even one Republican
PARCC Exam Results for NJ Magnify Achievement Gaps Linked to Income, Race
John Mooney | November 5, 2015 | Education
Hispanic and black students, low-income children trail significantly compared to higher-income and white and Asian students
Why Voices of Newark Teens Need to Be Heard Comes Through Loud and Clear
John Mooney | November 4, 2015 | Education, More Issues
Young participants in NJ Spotlight On Cities forum offer valuable glimpse inside the city’s schools
Agenda: PARCC “Cut Scores” and Teacher-Training Changes Will Top a Busy Day
John Mooney | November 3, 2015 | Education
State Board to hear recommendations on passing grades for PARCC exams, along with new rules for student teaching and ‘alternate route’
Release of PARCC Questions, Student Responses Sheds Light on New Exams
John Mooney | November 2, 2015 | Education
Never-before-available material should prove useful to NJ teachers, curriculum planners
Stagnant State Funding Remains Overriding Concern for New Jersey Schools
John Mooney | October 30, 2015 | Education
Education commissioner calls for dialogue between state and districts, but offers scant hope for increased aid
Topic Number One: Scores on New Online Test – and the Sobering Results
John Mooney | October 28, 2015 | Education
As school boards group holds annual event in Atlantic City, the buzz is about just-released scores on PARCC exams
Fragile Truce Shows Signs of Crumbling During Newark School Board Meeting
John Mooney | October 27, 2015 | Education
Charter-school advocates clash with teachers’ union leader, students disrupt gathering and chant ‘Cerf must go’
Obama’s Call for Less Testing May Not Change Much in New Jersey Schools
John Mooney | October 26, 2015 | Education
President’s statement offers suggestions, not mandates – and state’s new PARCC tests already take less time than proposed
Real Test: Determining PARCC Proficiency Cut-Offs for High School Graduates
John Mooney | October 23, 2015 | Education
Based on just-released results, many 12th-graders face more complicated route to earning diplomas
First Release of PARCC Scores Shows Fewer Students Make the Grade
John Mooney | October 21, 2015 | Education
State education officials caution that controversial new test’s results can’t be compared with previous standardized exam results
Schools Seeking Renewal of Charters Also Asking to Increase Enrollment
John Mooney | October 20, 2015 | Education
Nine applicants, including prominent networks operating in Newark, ask state to let them add more students
NJ Spotlight On Cities: An Ongoing Conversation with Our Readers
John Mooney | October 19, 2015 | More Issues
Our day-long conference brought together hundreds of New Jerseyans passionate about the state’s cities. Let’s keep the dialogue going.
Jersey City School District Follows Crooked Path to Local Control
John Mooney | October 16, 2015 | Education
Latest QSAC monitoring reports reveal a few steps backward, a few places where progress could be more pronounced
School Violence, Vandalism Mostly Stable or Declining, Says State Report
John Mooney | October 14, 2015 | Education
Middle-school bullying and fighting take slight uptick, pot continues to be drug of choice
NJ Education Department Gears Up for Release of PARCC Test Scores
John Mooney | October 9, 2015 | Education
Variety of resources and information being made available to local educators, as well as parents and the public
Board Hears Update on Status of Two State-Run School Districts
John Mooney | October 8, 2015 | Education
Jersey City gets more local control while Newark’s new superintendent is upbeat but outlines challenges ahead
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