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Sweeney Says It’s Time to Get Serious About Consolidating Schools in New Jersey
John Mooney | August 17, 2018 | Education
It’s not just about saving money, Senate President maintains, but delivering better education at a lower cost
What’s Going to Replace PARCC? It’s Complicated
John Mooney | August 2, 2018 | Education
State Board of Education debates value of standardized testing, draws no conclusions. Parents, educators weigh in
Big Changes to School Funding in NJ as Fragile Alliance Holds
John Mooney | July 25, 2018 | Education
New law to lessen disparities in aid, and governor promises every district will be fully funded by 2025
See How Much Your School District Is Gaining, or Losing, in ‘Redistributed’ Aid
John Mooney | July 16, 2018 | Education
There’s been a net increase of $350M in funding. Some districts are winners, but others are losers. Who wins, who loses?
PARCC Is on the Way Out, But Not Everyone Is Happy to See It Go
John Mooney | July 12, 2018 | Education
State board presented proposal to cut PARCC graduation requirements to just two tests, but some educators speak in favor of unpopular evaluation
Murphy Begins to Wind Down PARCC Testing in NJ Schools
John Mooney | July 11, 2018 | Education
Governor announces cuts in controversial program. But, having once promised to scrap it, he concedes it will take a while to replace it
‘Ecstatic’ Sweeney Wins Major Changes in School Funding
John Mooney | July 2, 2018 | Education
Governor agrees to consequential adjustments to state’s school funding law for which Senate President has long campaigned
Education Legislation: It’s Not Just About School Funding
John Mooney | June 26, 2018 | Education
Bills advancing in the State House address a variety of issues, from recess, seatbelts, and sexual abuse to helping private schools meet payroll for STEM teachers
Fine Print: School-funding changes easily pass Senate and Assembly
John Mooney | June 22, 2018 | Education
But how long will they survive in budget battle with Murphy?
For Murphy, Changes to Funding Formula Depend on Revenues to Fund Them
John Mooney | June 21, 2018 | Education
Governor calls revised school-funding scheme a ‘nice-looking half a loaf,’ but suggests everything depends on lawmakers giving him the revenue he’s asked for
School-Funding Bill Clears Committee, Breaking One Logjam With Murphy
John Mooney | June 20, 2018 | Education
Proponents claim $9 billion measure puts state on road to full funding within seven years
Fine Print: Ruiz-Madden Bill Package Protect Students from Sexual Abuse
John Mooney | June 15, 2018 | Education
Hidden video catches union leaders saying they’d protect teachers
Closer to Compromise: Can Sweeney and Murphy Reach Closure on School Funding?
John Mooney | June 8, 2018 | Education
Both camps are reporting progress, without releasing any details, with the Senate president suggesting the sides may be ‘close’
Lawmakers Wrestle with Troubling Topic: Sexual Abuse at School
John Mooney | June 1, 2018 | Education
Joint session responds to videotape of union leaders dismissing claims of teacher misconduct, but struggles to determine what’s missing from current regulations
Envisioning the Future with Newark’s Roger León
John Mooney | May 31, 2018 | Education
In a far-ranging Q&A with NJ Spotlight, Newark’s new superintendent of schools touches on changes and challenges facing the state’s largest district
Newark Chooses One of Its Own to Serve as District Super
John Mooney | May 23, 2018 | Education
After more than two decades of state control of its schools, New Jersey’s largest city names Roger León to the top post
Putting Acting Commissioner Repollet’s Staff Picks in Perspective
John Mooney | May 11, 2018 | Education
As he names assistant commissioners, Repollet draws both on newcomers and on department veterans
What Do High Scores on NAEP Mean for Murphy’s PARCC Plans?
John Mooney | May 7, 2018 | Education
With NJ ranked at or near top on the Nation’s Report Card, some members of state board aren’t so sure PARCC needs to be scrapped
Paterson Starts on Long Road Back to Local Control
John Mooney | May 3, 2018 | Education
More than two decades after the takeover, state starts to review how it makes these critical decisions
Repollet Delivers PARCC Pitch and Plan to Educators
John Mooney | April 30, 2018 | Education
Acting education commissioner explains where the state is with the contentious test — and where it’s headed
Acting Education Commissioner Says PARCC Here for at Least Another Year
John Mooney | April 24, 2018 | Education
Repollet explains the expensive ins and outs of ending one testing program and ramping up another
What Would ‘Full Funding’ of School Aid Look Like? Add $2.3B to Districts
John Mooney | April 24, 2018 | Education
OLS releases figures that put a price tag on full funding — increase would be offset by reduction of $660 million in transition aid
Repollet Walks Back Stance on School Aid, Says He’s Open to Compromise
John Mooney | April 18, 2018 | Education
Administration’s willingness to shift gears may get acting commissioner through the full confirmation process
One on One with Paymon Rouhanifard, Camden’s Departing Superintendent
John Mooney | April 16, 2018 | Education
Rouhanifard fields questions about progress in Camden, rise of charters, carrying his work forward, statewide exams, and coaching b-ball at Camden High
NJ Public Schools Perform on Par or Better on ‘Nation’s Report Card’
John Mooney | April 11, 2018 | Education
Despite progress among poor and minority students, achievement gaps must still be bridged
Repollet Confirmation, as Much Celebration as Cross-Examination
John Mooney | March 27, 2018 | Education
Murphy’s choice for commissioner of education draws applause at Senate Judiciary hearing
Murphy School Aid Plan Keeps Promises, Raises Questions
John Mooney | March 16, 2018 | Education
The numbers aren’t set in stone, but districts have gotten a first look at state aid to public schools
Pre-K Murphy’s Way: Educators Sound off on Governor’s Spending Plan
John Mooney | March 15, 2018 | Education
At conference to mark 20th anniversary of Abbott v. Burke, talk turns to governor’s education budget and pledge to extend preschool statewide in four years
Murphy’s Education Budget: Some Pledges Redeemed, Some Deferred
John Mooney | March 14, 2018 | Education
Murphy’s call for a $283 million increase in aid to public schools — to more than $9.6 billion — is the biggest bump in almost a decade
Murphy Administration Makes First Move to Part Ways with PARCC
John Mooney | March 7, 2018 | Education
Education commissioner issues state of PARCC memo, announces advisory group and listening tour
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