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Murphy Names Transition Team, Signals His Priorities
John Mooney | November 14, 2017 | Politics
High-profile appointees include NJEA president; Gov.-elect also appoints less well-known figures
New Lighthouse District Initiative Shines Light on Top Schools
John Mooney | November 7, 2017 | Education
Rollout of initial recipients spotlights small districts that are very smart about how they use data to tune curriculum, teacher advancement
Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Deeply Divided on Education
John Mooney | November 2, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
From school funding to student testing, Murphy and Guadagno could be speaking different languages
Tackling the Toughest Questions Facing NJ’s Public Education System
John Mooney | October 18, 2017 | Education
A new report in the “Crossroads NJ” series recommends a variety of solutions to problems like school funding and segregation
One Last Question: The Candidates on District Consolidation
John Mooney | October 11, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017
Home rule is still the order of the day, but both candidates understand the economic boost that would come with regionalization
Small Steps in Dyslexia Education Add up to Measurable Progress
John Mooney | October 11, 2017 | Education
The release of a long-awaited educator’s guidebook, as well as pending legislation on teaching reading, truly help make October Dyslexia Awareness Month
Latest PARCC Results Released, But Fate of Tests After Elections Is Murky
John Mooney | September 29, 2017 | Education
Most recent scores show gains statewide, but proficiency levels in math and language arts don’t break 60 percent of test takers
Murphy Questions Why State Takeovers Target ‘Communities of Color’
John Mooney | September 25, 2017 | Education
Democratic hopeful for governor also talks about Paterson, another city where state is in control of local schools
Local Control of Camden Schools Not on a Fast Track
John Mooney | September 18, 2017 | Education
Mayor, superintendent say schools have improved since state took over the district but obstacles to autonomy remain
Brave New World for Newark Schools as State Cedes Control
John Mooney | September 14, 2017 | Education
With one struggle ended, politicians, educators, advocates, and parents look to new challenges
Latest Teacher Evaluations Show Progress in ‘Effective’ Educators
John Mooney | September 11, 2017 | Education
AchieveNJ also notes that too many high ratings might mean missed opportunities for ‘coaching’ and ‘training’
At First Day of School, Newark Also Celebrates Soon-to-End State Control
John Mooney | September 6, 2017 | Education
Mayor Baraka and state-appointed superintendent Cerf both acknowledge significant gains district has made in past few years
Back-to-School Special: Policy, Politics, and the Upcoming Elections
John Mooney | September 5, 2017 | Education
Education always plays a big part in New Jersey politics, but this year it’s going to be an even more critical factor thanks to the gubernatorial race
The Long Goodbye: State Board Plans Newark Exit Strategy
John Mooney | August 18, 2017 | Education
With demonstrable progress made — and most of the rancor laid to rest — Newark prepares to resume local control
State Board Issues Guidelines for Social and Emotional Education …
John Mooney | August 14, 2017 | Education
… and NJ Spotlight speaks with Rutgers’ Maurice Elias, international leader in emotional intelligence, school success, and character development
New Jersey One of Few States to Win Approval of Fed Education Plan
John Mooney | August 10, 2017 | Education
Garden State’s accountability and monitoring plans center on supporting specific student groups, moving beyond testing to gauge school performance
NJEA PAC Announces Its Picks for 2017 Legislative Races
John Mooney | August 7, 2017 | Education
While typically true blue, Democratic-leaning union makes some GOP exceptions, and withholds endorsement for Sweeney and Ruiz
Administration Alerts Districts About Qualifying for $25M in New Pre-K Funds
John Mooney | August 3, 2017 | Education
Department of Education says money is meant for 100+ districts with high concentrations of poor families
Getting to Know You: Meet the New State Board of Education
John Mooney | August 3, 2017 | Education
With different leadership in place and six new members, the board is as close to a full house as it has been for some time
Putting the Latest PARCC Results in Perspective
John Mooney | July 27, 2017 | Education
More New Jersey students are passing the online exams, but are enough of them attaining the top scores?
On the Record with Arcelio Aponte, New President of State Board of Ed
John Mooney | July 26, 2017 | Education
In his second stint in the top slot, look for Aponte to advocate for PARCC, push to lift state controls on Newark and Jersey City
Fine Print: NJ Revises Accountability Plan for Federal Approval
John Mooney | July 21, 2017 | Education
Seven years after Race to the Top fiasco, Christie administration goes through federal review of its latest accountability plan
Christie’s Charter Legacy: A Clear Record of Growth
John Mooney | July 18, 2017 | Education
In the eight years the governor has headed up state government, charter school enrollment has more than doubled
Now It’s Official: Harrington (Finally) Sworn in as Education Commissioner
John Mooney | July 13, 2017 | Education
She’s spent nine months doing the job, and now that she has the title it may be short lived: Christie’s term runs out in six months
State Board Prepares to Cede Local Control to Jersey City Schools
John Mooney | July 6, 2017 | Education
Former Gov. Kean, who presided over takeover, quantifies modest success as ‘biggest disappointment’ of his administration
Despite Budget Drama and Deadlock, School Funding Changes Survive
John Mooney | July 5, 2017 | Education
Budget as signed represents first move in almost a decade to follow the state’s school-funding formula
New School Aid Left in Limbo as Pols Take Budget to 11th Hour
John Mooney | June 30, 2017 | Education
The $131 million now set to go to districts is about 10% less than originally planned; cuts will be held to 2% of total aid
Q&A: Mark Biedron, Former President, State Board of Education
John Mooney | June 29, 2017 | Education
Biedron reflects on his six years of service, recalls some contentious issues, and remains in the dark about why the administration didn’t reappoint him
Pre-K Expansion, the Silent Partner in the Dems’ School-Funding Scheme
John Mooney | June 23, 2017 | Education
Some $25 million dollars in new aid could mean full-day pre-K for another 2,500 children
Sweeney, NJEA Square off in Ugly Brawl About School Funding
John Mooney | June 21, 2017 | Education
Never good friends, the Senate president and the state teachers union punch and counterpunch over $125 million school-aid plan
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