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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
Christie, Trump, and Public Education in New Jersey
John Mooney | November 14, 2016 | Education
The governor may go, the president-elect is something of a cipher, but it’s still possible to rough out a few likely changes to education policy
Nine More Charters Apply to Open Their Doors in New Jersey
John Mooney | November 4, 2016 | Education
Applicants include schools already represented in some towns and cities, such as Paterson
Wide Achievement Gap Persists Despite New PARCC Exams
John Mooney | November 3, 2016 | Education
Still release of school-by-school scores reveals many gains virtually statewide
Agenda: School-by-School PARCC Scores to Be Released
John Mooney | November 1, 2016 | Education
State board to hear report on Year 2 of PARCC testing, along with further debate on charter schools and report from Newark schools
Top Democrats Disagree on How to Craft New School-Funding Plan
John Mooney | October 31, 2016 | Education
Split between Sweeney, Prieto comes as Christie pushes his ‘Fairness Formula,’ which would level per-student aid throughout NJ
Opponents of Christie’s PARCC Graduation Requirements Go to Court
John Mooney | October 25, 2016 | Education
Advocates say requirements violate state law, argue NJ has high graduation rates because students have multiple paths to diplomas
Beleaguered Christie Holds Town Hall in Friendly Territory
John Mooney | October 19, 2016 | Education
But even in suburban New Providence some question his ‘Fairness Formula’ to equalize state aid to schools
Phil Murphy Hedges on Charter Schools, Says ‘It’s Complicated’
John Mooney | October 17, 2016 | Education
‘NJ Spotlight on Cities’ brings early focus to charter schools in 2017 governor’s race
Catch the Live Stream from the 2nd Annual NJ Spotlight on Cities
John Mooney | October 14, 2016 | Planning
Can’t make the conference? Watch a live stream of the keynote conversation and the session on the 2017 gubernatorial race
The Data Behind the Discussions at NJ Spotlight on Cities Conference
John Mooney | October 13, 2016 | Planning
We teamed up with Rutgers’ Eagleton Poll to find out what New Jersey residents really think of the state’s cities
Christie Proposes Giving Top-Performing Charter Schools New Flexibility
John Mooney | October 6, 2016 | Education
Education chief says easing certification rules for teachers would be five-year pilot program
NJ’s Teacher of the Year: From Armenia to Pascack Valley High
John Mooney | October 6, 2016 | Education
The first arts teacher to win the honor in more than ten years, refugee Argine Safari has found her passion teaching music
Salaries for NJ Teachers Moving Up After Several Years in Doldrums
John Mooney | October 5, 2016 | Education
Teachers union says pay hikes do not compensate for bigger employee contributions to pensions and healthcare
NJ Spotlight on Cities: ‘Reimagining’ Our Urban Centers
John Mooney | October 5, 2016 | Planning
One of the country’s foremost thinkers on urban renewal will take part in conference geared to creating an urban agenda for the Garden State
Agenda: New Charter School Regulations Finally Unveiled
John Mooney | October 4, 2016 | Education
State board to take first look at Christie’s deregulation proposal; NJ Teacher of Year also to be announced
NJ Spotlight on Cities Puts ‘Community Schools’ in Perspective
John Mooney | October 4, 2016 | Education
As the name suggests, ‘community schools’ serve as the nexus for a range of services, one of them being education
NJ Spotlight on Cities: Help Chart the Future of Our Urban Centers
John Mooney | September 26, 2016 | Planning
A day-long conference featuring 50 speakers geared to creating an urban agenda for the Garden State
Fine Print: State Auditor Calls Out ‘Convoluted’ Allotting of School Aid
John Mooney | September 22, 2016 | Education
Auditor confirms Christie administration’s underfunding — and overfunding — of school districts
Christie Asks Top Court to Let Him Rewrite School-Funding Formula
John Mooney | September 19, 2016 | Education
The governor, who has decried the Supreme Court as ‘activist,’ asks it to sweep aside 30 years of support for Abbott rulings
Sweeney to Bypass Christie to Set Up School-Funding Commission
John Mooney | September 12, 2016 | Education
Senate president hopes to work with Republicans in the Legislature to create a bipartisan commission by resolution
Q&A with Former Gov. Kean — Fighting Terrorism, Beyond the 9/11 Commission
John Mooney | September 12, 2016 | Politics
A new effort that is neither military nor based strictly on intelligence is seen as the next critical step in the war on terrorism
Agenda: Hespe Makes His Swan Song as Commissioner
John Mooney | September 7, 2016 | Education
Back-to-school meeting dives into fiscal rules, puts off some other more controversial topics
Final Year of Christie Administration Could See Big Education Battles
John Mooney | September 6, 2016 | Education
School funding and state controls for Newark and other cities, PARCC graduation requirements and superintendent caps — It could be a bumpy ride
‘Other’ School-Funding Plan Promises Fast Relief, but Does It Have a Chance?
John Mooney | August 16, 2016 | Education
Two Essex County legislators try again with a school-funding proposal, knowing the odds against it are high
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