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High School's Virtual ‘Snow Day’ Still Adrift in State Bureaucracy Limbo
John Mooney | April 23, 2014 | Education
Bergen County district scales back spring break as it awaits decision on whether online learning counts as regular school day
Plea by Newark Clergy Ratchets Up Debate Over School Reforms
John Mooney | April 22, 2014 | Education
Call for moratorium on ‘One Newark’ plan and creation of community advisory panel gets cool response from education officials
Two Dozen Districts Still Hold School Elections, Budget Votes in April
John Mooney | April 22, 2014 | Education
Two-year-old law has transformed election schedules for virtually all districts in state
State Testing Sees Growing Movement of Families Planning to Opt Out
John Mooney | April 21, 2014 | Education
Confusion abounds about what happens next for those refusing to take standardized exams
Over 60,000 New Jersey Students Take Part in Field Test of Online PARCC Exams
John Mooney | April 17, 2014 | Education
Early reports indicate trials went off without major headaches, although some relatively minor glitches were encountered
Mayoral Rivals Find Common Foe in State Control of Newark Schools
John Mooney | April 16, 2014 | Education
Both candidates promise to pose challenges for state’s new education commissioner
Fine Print: Report on Special Education Raises Challenges, Both New and Familiar
John Mooney | April 14, 2014 | Education
Year-long study by NJ School Boards Association offers 20 recommendations for improving public education for students with disabilities
Charter School Applications Remain Strong, Despite Few Approvals by State
John Mooney | April 11, 2014 | Education
Administration's reluctance to sign off on new charters doesn't do much to discourage nearly 40 new applicants
Appeals Panel Rebuffs Foes of Online Instruction in Two Charter Schools
John Mooney | April 10, 2014 | Education
Teachers union, citing concerns over unregulated teaching methods, vows appeal to state Supreme Court
Profile: He Covered Major News for Big Networks – But Calls Sandy His Biggest Story
John Mooney | April 9, 2014 | Profiles
NJ Public Television host lists Chris Christie – along with Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton -- among most impressive politicians he has encountered
Teacher Evaluation Rules Will Change Only Slightly Next Year, State Decides
John Mooney | April 9, 2014 | Education
Portion of evaluation that’s based on student test scores will remain at 30 percent for 2014-2015
Hespe Assures Senate Panel PARCC Is on Track, Despite Lingering Doubts
John Mooney | April 8, 2014 | Education
Technology readiness remains largest concern, with recent reports showing only 70 percent of field trials were up to the task
State-Controlled Districts: Acting Commissioner Hespe's First Headaches
John Mooney | April 7, 2014 | Education
New schools chief must walk fine line between administration and local districts
Legislative Spotlight Burns Hot and Bright on Aid Cuts, School Construction Delays
John Mooney | April 4, 2014 | Education
New education commissioner and head of development authority face tough questions about Christie administration’s policies and tactics
Teachers Portray New Evaluations as Too Intrusive, Time-Consuming
John Mooney | April 3, 2014 | Education
But state board, officials suggest at least some complaints stem from being misinformed about new rules, say reforms won’t be delayed
Agenda: New Schools Chief Back on the Job (Again) at Board Meeting Today
John Mooney | April 2, 2014 | Education
David Hespe back at helm of Department of Education as state faces host of big decisions
As Statewide Testing Looms, Lawmakers Start to Raise Questions
John Mooney | March 31, 2014 | Education
Concerns being raised on both sides of aisle about who is being tested and how the results will be used
Motion Filed in State’s Top Court Challenges Christie Over School Aid
John Mooney | March 28, 2014 | Education
Education Law Center, citing Abbott v. Burke mandates, says governor can’t ignore funding formula stipulated by statute
New Jersey's Online PARCC Rollout Goes Off Without a Hitch
John Mooney | March 27, 2014 | Education
Minor problems typically limited to computer glitches; participants give deployment of statewide test fairly high marks
Fine Print: Bill Seeks to Clear Path to Ending State Control of Urban Schools
John Mooney | March 26, 2014 | Education
Legislation would return certain functions to local board in Newark, then to Paterson, Jersey City and Camden districts, if benchmarks are met
Democrats Move to Overturn Caps on Salaries of School Superintendents
John Mooney | March 25, 2014 | Education
Critics say administrators are retiring early or taking out-of-state jobs; legislators move to amend Christie policy
Foundation Overseeing Facebook Founder’s Gift Keeps Lower Profile
John Mooney | March 24, 2014 | Education
Three years later, while controversy swirls around proposed reforms, most of $200M to improve Newark’s schools remains unspent
Hespe Keeps Low Profile During First Day Back on the Job as NJ Education Chief
John Mooney | March 21, 2014 | Education
Despite well-wishers and welcome-back greetings, new commissioner's repeat performance won't be piece of cake
PARCC Field Test Goes Online as Exam Moves Closer to Full Deployment
John Mooney | March 20, 2014 | Education
Kudos and controversies aside, New Jersey is about to undergo a sea change in the way it evaluates students, schools, and teachers
Will School-Funding Formula Survive Christie’s Flouting of Law?
John Mooney | March 19, 2014 | Education
Despite being upheld by top court, weighted system for allotting aid wasn’t even factored into proposed state budget
Teachers, Administrators Give Mixed Reviews to New Evaluations after Test Run
John Mooney | March 18, 2014 | Education
But survey of educators who took part in tryout of new system shows most not worried about impact on jobs, tenure
The List: New Jersey's 'Edubloggers' Talk Policy, Politics -- and Technology
John Mooney | March 17, 2014 | Education, The List
Ten of the state's leading education bloggers make every aspect of learning and teaching (and administering) their business
‘Calculator’ Helps NJ Teachers Figure Whether They’ll Make the Grade
John Mooney | March 17, 2014 | Education
Online tool helps determine where they might fall within new ‘ineffective’ to ‘highly effective’ evaluation system
Schools Want to Do Online End-Run Around Old Man Winter
John Mooney | March 14, 2014 | Education
State meets with district officials to talk about ways students and teachers might work from home via Internet to make up snow days
Is Record-High State Aid to Schools Really Just a Numbers Game?
John Mooney | March 13, 2014 | Education
Nonpartisan analysis shows districts getting less than total received in 2009-2010