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Controversial Caps On Superintendent Salaries Under Discussion -- Again
John Mooney | September 16, 2014 | Education
Today’s meeting of Joint Committee on the Public Schools will consider next steps when -- or if – pay limits for top administrators expire in 2016
Teachers Union Heads Get First-Hand Look at NJ School-Reform Hot Spots
John Mooney | September 15, 2014 | Education
Two national leaders visits Camden and Newark districts, tout organized labor’s relevance in local debates over state initiatives
School-Lunch Policy on the Menu as Assembly Panel Gets Back to Work
John Mooney | September 12, 2014 | Education
Legislative committee looks at ways to accommodate kids with vegan or vegetarian diets
NJEA Spent Nearly $60M on Campaigns and Lobbying in Past 15 Years
John Mooney | September 11, 2014 | Education
New election finance report reveals teachers union spent more than twice as much as its nearest rival
On Visit to Camden Schools, Christie Takes Jabs at Protesters in Newark
John Mooney | September 10, 2014 | Education
Governor says ‘the interests of the children have really been placed first’ during debate in Newark over reforms
Group to Monitor Anderson Still to Coalesce, While ‘One Newark’ Moves Ahead
John Mooney | September 9, 2014 | Education
Two months after it was announced, working group members still haven’t been named, although Hespe says meeting planned
Explainer: Coming Up to Speed on the Common Core State Standards
John Mooney | September 9, 2014 | Education, Explainer
Just mentioning ‘Common Core’ is a good way to provoke an argument, but what’s behind all the anxiety?
Grassroots Camden Group Appeals Trenton’s Decision to Allow New Charters
John Mooney | September 8, 2014 | Education
Save Camden Schools signals first pushback that administration has encountered since district takeover
Back to School Means First-Day Jitters for Anderson, ‘One Newark’ Plan
John Mooney | September 5, 2014 | Education
As school buses start rolling in Newark, critics of state-appointed superintendent are quick to point out that some are nearly empty
Education Chief Kicks Off Campaign to Explain Common Core Standards
John Mooney | September 4, 2014 | Education
Statewide effort aims to address community concerns about tougher academic benchmarks
Lessons From Hunterdon Regionalization: Let the Communities Lead
John Mooney | September 3, 2014 | Education
Top-down approach to mergers hasn’t gotten very far, so a grass-roots approach could be the key to success
Profile: NJ’s Biggest Booster of the Common Core Goes Back to School
John Mooney | September 3, 2014 | Education, Profiles
Tracey Severns helped guide state’s shift to new learning standards in language arts, math
Pivotal Questions Await Answers as School Bells Ring in New Jersey
John Mooney | September 2, 2014 | Education
Controversial reforms – and whether Christie will run for president – among major issues as kids and teachers return to classrooms
Agenda: Common Core State Standards Top State Education Board’s Slate
John Mooney | September 2, 2014 | Education
In first meeting of new school year, board will delve deeply into benchmark standards for math and language arts
New Pact in Paterson Gives Teachers Extra Pay Tied to Their Performance
John Mooney | August 15, 2014 | Education
Contract includes salary ‘steps’ tied to school district’s evaluation system
Principals, Administrators of Camden Schools Get Ready for a Pivotal Year
John Mooney | August 14, 2014 | Education
Leadership workshops foster broader vision as state has its own people in key posts for first time since taking over troubled district
NJEA Cries Foul Over ‘Massive Corporate Takeover’ of Camden Schools
John Mooney | August 13, 2014 | Education
With move to drop retirement benefits for city’s laid-off teachers, union toughens stance on Urban Hope Act
Fine Print: Christie Conditionally Vetoes Urban Hope Act Amendment
John Mooney | August 12, 2014 | Education
Governor likes law’s support of Camden’s “renaissance schools” but balks at early retirement benefits for teachers, staff
Christie’s Veto Pen Punctures Hopes of Greater Community Role in Deciding School Closures
John Mooney | August 11, 2014 | Education
Bill was spurred by wave of closings as part of controversial reforms in Camden, Newark
Fine Print: “Student Growth Objective” Process Anything But Simple
John Mooney | August 8, 2014 | Education
State education officials offer examples of how goals fit into revamped teacher evaluations
Bacon v. NJ Department of Education Court Case: Could It Be the Next ‘Abbott?’
John Mooney | August 7, 2014 | Education
Long-standing suit brought by 20 rural districts demanding equitable state funding comes off back burner
Changes in Much-Debated Teacher-Evaluation Policy Being Put Into Practice
John Mooney | August 6, 2014 | Education
State board to review new regulations implement scaled-back use of student testing results
Agenda: State Board Takes up “Student Growth Objectives” for Teachers
John Mooney | August 5, 2014 | Education
New measure of teacher effectiveness among the items at top of agenda for mid-summer meeting
Merger of Four Schools in Hunterdon County Offers Glimpse of Benefits, Costs
John Mooney | August 4, 2014 | Education
New K-12 regional district hasn’t really cut spending, at least for now, but some gains from streamlining are already apparent
Camden Gets Ready for Debut of Three New Charter-School Networks
John Mooney | August 1, 2014 | Education
State-appointed superintendent releases contract details; critics say charters get special treatment
State Education Chief Says He’ll Stick with Current Staff Configuration
John Mooney | July 30, 2014 | Education
Hespe disputes state auditor’s assertion that county office understaffing violates law
New Poll Reflects Unease About Tying Teacher Ratings to Test Scores
John Mooney | July 29, 2014 | Education
Fairleigh Dickinson survey reveals New Jerseyans not knowledgeable about Common Core standards
State Auditor Cries Foul Over Failure to Fill County School Superintendent Posts
John Mooney | July 28, 2014 | Education
Report says having someone at the education helm in all 21 counties is required by statute
Time Runs Out for Christie Plan for Lengthier School Days, Longer School Years
John Mooney | July 25, 2014 | Budget, Education, Politics
Administration's $5 million innovation fund one of the casualties of budget process
Newark Civil-Rights Probe Mirrors Investigations in Other U.S. Cities
John Mooney | July 24, 2014 | Education
Administration, state-appointed superintendent, will cooperate but keep low profile for time being