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Feds Investigating Whether 'One Newark' Schools Initiative is Discriminatory
John Mooney | July 23, 2014 | Education
U.S. Department of Education confirms it has opened civil rights probe into city's controversial plan to reorganize public schools
Fine Print: DOE Details Teacher Evaluation After Christie Compromise
John Mooney | July 21, 2014 | Education
Summer training and deadlines for schools following Christie rollback on use of student test scores in evaluations
Amid Debate Over Spread of Charters, State Education Chief Stays the Course
John Mooney | July 18, 2014 | Education
Hespe says NJ should take deliberate approach but touts new approvals for schools in Trenton, Camden
New Special-Ed Task Force Faces Tough Challenges, Tight Timeframe
John Mooney | July 17, 2014 | Education
One thing that distinguishes group from predecessors is amount of data available to work with
Gov. Christie and State Teachers Union Not at Odds on All Fronts
John Mooney | July 16, 2014 | Education
Administration, NJEA hammer out compromise on how much new online testing will count toward teacher evaluations
Profile: He's the Only Director NJ Holocaust Commission Has Ever Known
John Mooney | July 16, 2014 | Profiles
Paul Winkler enters 40th year leading the nation’s first Holocaust education program
Christie Sticks to Middle of the Road in Arriving at PARCC Decision
John Mooney | July 15, 2014 | Education
Task force will study effectiveness of Common Core-linked test, scores will carry less weight in evaluating teachers
Pace of Tenure Rulings Increases, But Decisions Still Go to Both Sides
John Mooney | July 14, 2014 | Education
Streamlined process for dealing with tenure charges gets more cases on the calendar -- and more decisions to litigants
Special-Ed Code Avoids Hot Buttons, Defines Dyslexia as Reading Disorder
John Mooney | July 11, 2014 | Education
A year ago, the administration's special-education code sparked off a war of words, this time things are quieter -- for now
State BOE Meeting Mirrors Statehouse Concerns About Teacher Evaluations
John Mooney | July 10, 2014 | Education
Quiet meeting in July listens to more than three-dozen educators concerned about new statewide testing system
Analysis: Christie's Options Limited When It Comes to Plans for PARCC Testing
John Mooney | July 9, 2014 | Education
The governor has hinted publicly at a compromise on new PARCC tests, but what will he do and when will he do it?
Profile: NJ High School Principal Ahead Of Curve On Technology -- and Tweets
John Mooney | July 9, 2014 | Profiles
With 64,500 followers on Twitter, Eric Sheninger is the embodiment of using technology as a teaching tool
Hespe Helps Take Hearsay Out of Newark 'Working Group'
John Mooney | July 8, 2014 | Education
In one of his first public statements, acting commissioner details plans and purpose for working group, comments on Anderson's annual review
Agenda: State BOE Takes Up Standards Renewal, Special Ed Regs
John Mooney | July 8, 2014 | Education
Regulations for special education back for a second try, along with teacher effectiveness, charter schools, and a new president
Fine Print: Summer Checklists for Final Transition to Common Core, PARCC
John Mooney | July 7, 2014 | Education
State puts out guides for schools to check whether curriculum aligns with new nationwide standards and tests
Newark 'Working Group' Raises More Uncertainty in Troubled District
John Mooney | July 3, 2014 | Education, Data Library
Initiated as condition of Superintendent Anderson's contract renewal, first task is to review unpopular One Newark reorganization
Legislature Gets Grade of ‘Incomplete’ on Unresolved Charter-School Issues
John Mooney | July 2, 2014 | Education
Christie, meanwhile, vetoes $3 million in extra aid while long-discussed legislation still hangs fire
Legislative Efforts to Slow Down PARCC Parked -- at Least for Now
John Mooney | July 1, 2014 | Education
With Christie veto almost certain, lawmakers wait to hear governor's compromise solution
Explainer: Impact of PARCC Tests on Teachers, Schools at Center of Debate
John Mooney | July 1, 2014 | Education, Explainer
Controversial exams tied to Common Core Standards scheduled to debut in NJ during next school year
Analysis: School Chief’s Rehiring Raises Questions, Reflects Broader Issues
John Mooney | June 30, 2014 | Education
While new pact reflects lukewarm endorsement of Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson, keeping her in post underscores larger school-reform agenda
State Legislators Focus on Education Bills as Session Winds Down
John Mooney | June 27, 2014 | Education
Decision delayed on Common Core and related testing tied to teacher evaluations as Christie talks of compromise plan
School-Reform Legislation, Education Aid Among Items on Year-End Agenda
John Mooney | June 26, 2014 | Budget, Education
Last-minute votes could delay Common Core-related tests, reconfigure impact on teacher evaluations
Fine Print: ‘Score Sheet’ Tracks Twists and Turns in Tale of Two Budgets
John Mooney | June 26, 2014 | Education
Annual analysis by OLS offers unbiased breakdown of spending plans proposed by Legislature, governor
Twelve Finalists Clear First Round of Application Reviews for Charter Schools
John Mooney | June 25, 2014 | Education
Successful applicants not concentrated in larger cities, where charter movement has made strong inroads
Camden-Specific Bill Would Extend Renaissance School Deadline
John Mooney | June 25, 2014 | Education
Singleton's measure would add year to Urban Hope Act, set up early retirement for Camden's hard-pressed teachers
Bill Would Exempt Some School Districts From Residency Requirement
John Mooney | June 24, 2014 | Education
Measure would allow 10 counties that border New York and Pennsylvania to hire teachers from outside of New Jersey
Full Ahead, Ease Back: Doing the Common Core Dance in Committee
John Mooney | June 20, 2014 | Education
Senate panel hears two sides testify on task force to assess new standards, testing before results can be applied to schools, students, teachers
Newark School Chief’s Fate Unclear But Her Vision for Future Remains Focused
John Mooney | June 19, 2014 | Education
Amid uncertainty about her job status, Cami Anderson proceeds with next step in reorganization plan
Assembly Votes to Put Brakes on Impact of Common Core and New Student Testing
John Mooney | June 18, 2014 | Education
Measure would set up task force, could delay the consequences of new standards and associated tests by as much as two years
State Education Official: Flurry of Activity Doesn't Count on School Calendar
John Mooney | June 16, 2014 | Education
Pascack Valley's virtual snow day earns "A" for effort but students and staff need to be actually in class