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Diegnan Enters PARCC Exam Fray with Bill Formalizing Opt-Out Procedures
John Mooney | January 30, 2015 | Education
Grassroots opposition to online testing continues to grow, while administration soldiers on with preparations for next month’s rollout
Crowd’s Small But the Message is Loud and Clear at Hearing on New State Exam
John Mooney | January 29, 2015 | Education
Educators complain PARCC – and over-testing in general – take too much time away from teaching and learning
Coalition Hopes to Dial Down the Volume of the Debate Over PARCC Exams
John Mooney | January 28, 2015 | Education
We Raise NJ brings together educators, administrators, and families who think it’s time to move ahead with testing
State’s Largest Teachers Union: Families Have Right to Opt Out of New Testing
John Mooney | January 27, 2015 | Education
NJEA releases results of polls that a large majority of parents believe preparation wastes valuable classroom time
The List: Top 10 Lawmakers Influencing Education Policy in New Jersey
John Mooney | January 26, 2015 | The List
With the governor preoccupied with a potential run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, the state's lawmakers may play a greater in role in education legislation
Interim Report Lays Out First Assessments of State's Testing Efforts
John Mooney | January 26, 2015 | Education
State Education Commissioner Hespe heads up panel, promises to take parents' concerns about overtesting into consideration
Advocates Want DOE to Open New Graduation Guidelines to Formal Public Comment
John Mooney | January 23, 2015 | Education
Turning requirements into regulations would help ensure that students can take advantage of all paths to a H.S. diploma
Schools Chief Admits NJ Mishandled Construction Process in Needy Districts
John Mooney | January 22, 2015 | Education
Hespe concedes state didn’t follow legally required procedure, says it’s now complying with law
Public Gets Chance to Air Views on Controversial New Testing for NJ Students
John Mooney | January 21, 2015 | Education
Hearings set next week around the state on PARCC exams tied to much-debated Common Core standards
Assembly Bill Would Increase Suicide-Awareness Training for New Jersey Educators
John Mooney | January 20, 2015 | Education
New measure would require teachers to spend two hours each year learning ways to identify and avoid these tragedies
What Has School Security Task Force Been Doing for the Past Two Years?
John Mooney | January 16, 2015 | Education
One of three specially-appointed state panels that still haven’t issued reports, it is just now having its first public hearings
Everything’s Going Great for Camden’s State-Run Public Schools, Right?
John Mooney | January 15, 2015 | Education
Despite governor’s upbeat assessment, the answer depends on who’s answering the question
Governor Trumpets Reforms – and Makes Surprising Pitch for School Vouchers
John Mooney | January 14, 2015 | Education, Politics
Speech also touts initiative in Camden district but barely mentions more controversial changes in Newark
Assembly Efforts to Focus on Teacher Preparation, Mentoring and Support
John Mooney | January 13, 2015 | Education
State's lower chamber has busy spring ahead of it working on package of education legislation
Newark School Chief Could Earn Hefty Bonus Based on Performance Review
John Mooney | January 13, 2015 | Education
If Cami Anderson meets seven criteria, she qualifies for a 20 percent boost above her 2013-2014 salary
School-Choice Opportunities Likely to Shrink Under New, Cash-Strapped State Budget
John Mooney | January 9, 2015 | Education
Expansion of popular program allowing public-school students to switch districts left available funds depleted
Now It Counts: NJ Releases First Data Linking Test Scores, Teacher Ratings
John Mooney | January 9, 2015 | Education
‘Median Student Growth Percentiles’ based on results of statewide exams will factor into annual evaluations
State Board of Education Members Put to the Test by Anti-Testing Turnout
John Mooney | January 8, 2015 | Education
Foes of switching to controversial PARCC exams enliven normally sedate monthly meeting in Trenton
Paterson Schools Chief Earns Good Grades for State-Controlled District
John Mooney | January 8, 2015 | Education
In marked contrast with Anderson appearance, Evans earns kudos from state Board of Education
Newark Schools Chief Has Less-Than-Friendly Visit with State Lawmakers
John Mooney | January 7, 2015 | Education
Legislators grill Cami Anderson in her first appearance since her appointment three years ago
Profile: State Board of Education President Brings Unique Pedigree to Post
John Mooney | January 7, 2015 | Education, Profiles
Mark Biedron cofounded a progressive private school that’s a far cry from the testing-centric culture of public schools
2015: Education in NJ Will See the Consquences of Earlier Policy Decisions
John Mooney | January 5, 2015 | Education
PARCC, school funding, teacher evaluations, takeover districts -- it’s going to be an interesting year for New Jersey public schools
Agenda: QSAC, Paterson Schools and State Testing to Top Discussion
John Mooney | January 5, 2015 | Education
State board to hear more on state monitoring and likely an earful on coming PARCC tests
Getting Close to Students and Teachers at Quitman Street Renew School
John Mooney | December 30, 2014 | Education, Winter 2014
Photojournalist Amanda Brown turns a sharp eye on one of Newark’s education success stories
Making a Place for Disabled Kids in the State's General-Education Classrooms
John Mooney | December 22, 2014 | Education, Winter 2014
The Inclusion Campaign of New Jersey brings new hope and freedom to children with disabilities and their families
Chris Christie's Education Reforms Encountered Turbulence in 2014
John Mooney | December 22, 2014 | Education
Political realities meant backing off on teacher evaluations and Newark’s state-appointed superintendent
Bill Calling for Look at Later Start to School Day Advances to State Assembly
John Mooney | December 19, 2014 | Education
Various studies cite negative impact of early classes, but some worry about impact on after-school activities
The Bacon Decision: A Setback for School Funding in New Jersey
John Mooney | December 19, 2014 | Education
NJ Spotlight’s John Mooney discusses the implications of the recent Bacon v. NJDOE ruling
Schools Development Agency's Chief Cites Gains, Acknowledges Challenges
John Mooney | December 18, 2014 | Education
While a number of projects are in the works, funding for Abbott districts is running low – and is virtually depleted for non-Abbott school projects
Report Shows Continued Decline in Harassment, Bullying in NJ Schools
John Mooney | December 17, 2014 | Education
Three years into tough new law, educators seem to have gotten a handle on how to deal with aggressors while helping victims
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