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78 Days and Counting in Governor’s 100-Day School-Funding Challenge
John Mooney | March 22, 2017 | Education
Christie offered legislators a 100-day window to remake the school-funding formula with him, but so far there have been few takers
At NJ Spotlight ‘Newsmaker,’ U.S. Sen. Booker Meets with Our Members
John Mooney | March 21, 2017 | Politics
Bringing civic and political leaders together with our readers — it’s one of the benefits of membership
Assembly Hopes Senate Will Go Along with PARCC Rollback
John Mooney | March 17, 2017 | Education
Lower chamber wants to eliminate PARCC as graduation requirement for NJ’s public high schools
Push to Expand Public Preschool Likely to Be Part of Budget Battle
John Mooney | March 15, 2017 | Education
Advocates recognize money is tight but argue now’s the time to roll out public pre-K to 100 low-income communities
Christie’s School Funding Surprise: Maintain the Status Quo
John Mooney | March 1, 2017 | Budget, Education
Governor pledges 100-day window to work with lawmakers to fix funding, but caps offer with veiled threat if no solution is reached
The Nuclear Option: Will Christie Budget Blow Up School Funding?
John Mooney | February 24, 2017 | Education
Educators, parents, advocates have been working for months to come up with a plan to countermand the governor’s ‘Fairness Formula’
Fine Print: Assembly Moves to End PARCC as Graduation Requirement
John Mooney | February 17, 2017 | Education
Committee acts on little-used parliamentary tool, but effort still has a ways to travel
While Education Simmers in D.C., NJ Quietly Puts Together Its ESSA Proposal
John Mooney | February 16, 2017 | Education
The state puts the finishing touches to its plan for implementing Every Student Succeeds Act, looks for public comment
Senate Says Schools Will Remain ‘No-Questions-Asked’ Safe Zones for All Students
John Mooney | February 7, 2017 | Education, Immigration
Upper chamber also resolves not to support Trump’s executive order on immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority countries
State BOE Head in Spotlight as Christie Charter-School Code Gets Voted Down
John Mooney | February 6, 2017 | Education
BOE President Biedron — targeted for replacement by Christie — says there was nothing political in thwarting governor’s charter-school regs
NJ’s Top Court Refuses to Hear Christie’s School-Funding, Seniority Brief
John Mooney | February 1, 2017 | Education
Two-page ruling points governor to lower court to fight teacher seniority, barely mentions funding challenge
Agenda: Charter Schools and Special Education Rules Move Forward
John Mooney | February 1, 2017 | Education
State board to take decisive votes on controversial regulations for private special education schools and charter schools
Guadagno Comes Out Strong for Charters, School Choice
John Mooney | January 27, 2017 | Education
In one of her first policy statements, Republican gubernatorial candidate indicates she might push the boundaries on her boss’s charter policies
NJ Teachers Uncensored on Likely Secretary of Education
John Mooney | January 25, 2017 | Education
Among comments about DeVos as head of federal Department of Education — ‘demoralizing,’ ‘an insult and slap in the face to educators’
Decoding DeVos: What New Education Secretary Could Mean for New Jersey
John Mooney | January 20, 2017 | Education
Yes, she’s pro-charter and pro-school choice, but how might those beliefs play out for educators and students in the Garden State?
Public Hearings — as Many as 9 — Planned on School Funding
John Mooney | January 17, 2017 | Education
Democrats Sweeney and Prieto will pursue individual approaches to funding reform
Sweeney and Prieto Thrust and Parry over School Funding Plan
John Mooney | January 11, 2017 | Education
Senate president and assembly speaker agree on at least one issue: They need to get out ahead of governor’s ‘Fairness Formula’
Sweeney Pushes to Keep His School-Funding Plan Alive
John Mooney | January 9, 2017 | Education
Senate president adds new wrinkle to scheme, a select committee to investigate school funding statewide
NJ Spotlight and WHYY Newsworks Talk Christie and Charters
John Mooney | January 6, 2017 | Education
Will the governor make this a big bang issue or will he let it just fade away in his last year in office?
Critics, Advocates Pump Up Volume of Charter-School Debates
John Mooney | January 5, 2017 | Education
After protest moves indoors, meeting of state Board of Education turns into lively discussion of whether NJ needs charters at all
Agenda: Public Hearings on Charters and Private Schools
John Mooney | January 4, 2017 | Education
State Board hears from the public on new charter regulations and those for private special-ed schools
Education 2017: You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Scorecard
John Mooney | January 3, 2017 | Education
Can Christie continue to dominate? Will the chief justice shape the state’s top court’s ruling on Abbott? Who’s likely to head up the NJEA …
2016 Education Recap: Policy Debates More Fizzle than Pop
John Mooney | December 22, 2016 | Education
Politics, personalities, and other weighty issues contribute to stalled agendas
Public School Teachers Earn Mostly High Grades on Evaluations
John Mooney | December 16, 2016 | Education
But will fewer top scores be seen as student performance is weighted more heavily?
With Some Gains in Camden Schools, Local Control Is Put on the Table
John Mooney | December 9, 2016 | Education
State-appointed superintendent says some autonomy may be seen ‘sooner than later’
Governor Benches Biedron, No Reappointment for BOE President
John Mooney | December 8, 2016 | Education
Although outspoken, Biedron and governor didn’t clash on issues, making the news a surprise to many
Few Class of 2016 Graduates Manage to Pass PARCC Tests
John Mooney | December 7, 2016 | Education
Christie administration releases data that shows only one in 10 students earned their diploma by successfully tackling PARCC
Agenda: Camden School Takeover to Get a Close-Up
John Mooney | December 6, 2016 | Education
New federal education law and school accountability requirements also on the agenda for State Board
Candidate Phil Murphy Tells It Like He Sees It at NJEA Convention
John Mooney | November 21, 2016 | Education
The Democratic frontrunner for his party’s nomination talks Trump and pension reform, undocumented immigrants, school funding, and PARCC — among other topics
Administration Poised To Ease Superintendent Salary Caps
John Mooney | November 17, 2016 | Education
Under new regulations, school leaders could earn $191,000 — not including bonuses and merit pay
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