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Christie Still Straddles Fence on Online Tests, Common Core Standards
John Mooney | April 24, 2015 | Education
Cites value of standardized tests as measure of school quality, but takes wait-and-see approach on PARCC
Little Things Are Often What Really Count in State Budget Line Items
John Mooney | April 23, 2015 | Budget, Education
Language changes tucked into appropriations act drastically hike what some districts will have to pay toward charter school costs
Education Spending Climbs Slightly in Christie’s Proposed Spending Plan
John Mooney | April 22, 2015 | Education
But most districts would see no aid hike as state once again fails to ‘fully fund’ school-spending formula
State Teachers Union Challenges Legality of Camden Charter Takeover
John Mooney | April 21, 2015 | Education
Complaint alleges plans to convert five schools are attempt to circumvent state’s Urban Hope Act
Just 16 School Districts Hold Budget Votes Today Around New Jersey
John Mooney | April 21, 2015 | Education
Law enacted three years ago allowed switch to November – and no vote at all with 2 percent tax cap
Fine Print: State Arbitrator Slams Newark – and State – Over Teacher Evaluations
John Mooney | April 20, 2015 | Education
Latest ruling again rejects school district’s ‘arbitrary and capricious’ criteria for denying tenure
Technology Earns High Marks in Opening Round of Online Testing
John Mooney | April 17, 2015 | Education
While PARCC itself remains controversial, state officials report new computer platforms had high rate of success
15 Percent of 11th-Graders Refused to Take First Round of PARCC Tests in March
John Mooney | April 16, 2015 | Education
Opt-out rate was as low as 3 percent statewide in state’s elementary schools
‘One Newark’ Reorganization Kicks Off Second Year, Learning From the First
John Mooney | April 15, 2015 | Education
Three-quarters of families selecting schools for their kids won placement at one of three top choices
Public, Private Funds Help Expand Preschool Access to More Needy Kids in NJ
John Mooney | April 13, 2015 | Education
New group -- Pre-K Our Way -- plans to spend $1 million annually over next few years to lobby for increased early childhood education
The List: AARP, New Jersey’s Top Lobbyist, Spent Over $1.5 Million in 2014
John Mooney | April 13, 2015 | The List
Wide range of special-interest groups laid out millions trying to shape and influence legislation in Trenton
Camden’s ‘Renaissance Schools’ Takeover Plans May Face Legal Challenge
John Mooney | April 9, 2015 | Education
Attorneys for Education Law Center say restructuring moves may violate state law
Unusual Citizens’ Petition Asks State to Set Rules for Testing Opt-Outs
John Mooney | April 7, 2015 | Education
Effort by grassroots PARCC opponents comes in reaction to inaction by state legislators
New Code Curbs Education Commissioner's Power to Set Charter Tuition
John Mooney | April 6, 2015 | Education
Change meets some objections, but state BOE says it’s only bringing code in line with current laws
Under the Magnifying Glass: What NJ Spends on Its Public School Students
John Mooney | April 2, 2015 | Education, Maps
Per-pupil spending is just a hair below $20,000 on average statewide, although it can zoom to more than $90,000 at one specialized school
Anderson Tries Again to Base Layoffs on Performance First, Then Seniority
John Mooney | April 1, 2015 | Education
Newark superintendent’s request for a waiver from state statutes fell on deaf ears last year – and that appears likely to again
Agenda: State Board Takes Breather from PARCC, Takes Up Procedural Matters
John Mooney | March 31, 2015 | Education
Charter school funding, county commissions and religious holidays fill light agenda
KIPP Network’s ‘Renaissance School’ Builds on First Year of Operations in Camden
John Mooney | March 30, 2015 | Education
New facility set to replace trailers helps to boost charter’s enrollment for next fall
Fine Print: PARCC Opt-Out Bill Passes Unanimously in State Assembly
John Mooney | March 27, 2015 | Education
Future hardly assured with Senate so far quiet on setting statewide policy for families refusing to let kids take test
Newark School Budget Not as Explosive, But Fireworks Still Appear Likely
John Mooney | March 27, 2015 | Education
No school closings planned, but hundreds of teacher and administrative layoffs seem likely under $990M spending plan
Five of Camden District’s Worst Public Schools Will Go the Charter Route
John Mooney | March 26, 2015 | Education
Most students will stay in same neighborhood schools while new private operators take over facilities
Fine Print: New Charter School Study Praises NJ Gains, Draws NJ fire
John Mooney | March 25, 2015 | Education
Stanford researchers find significant gains for New Jersey urban charters over district schools
Is Christie Administration Shifting to Charter School Expansions vs. New Openings?
John Mooney | March 24, 2015 | Education
While only one new charter application won approval, complete policy picture is more complex
Hespe Stands Firm on PARCC in Face of Tough Questions from School Principals
John Mooney | March 23, 2015 | Education
Promises to weigh impact of ‘opt-outs’ on assessment of teachers and schools, but asserts that new testing will prove its worth
Student Privacy Debate Dominates Assembly Panel’s Meeting on PARCC Tests
John Mooney | March 20, 2015 | Education
Lawmakers, education officials at loggerheads over monitoring of student postings on social media
State Renews 14 Charter Schools, but Puts Seven of Them on Probation
John Mooney | March 18, 2015 | Education
Mixed numbers indicate tricky balancing act -- foster charters while maintaining high standards
State Officials, Testing Firm Asked to Explain ‘Disturbing’ Monitoring of Tweets
John Mooney | March 17, 2015 | Education
Assembly education committee chairman looks askance at surveillance of Twitter accounts for possible PARRC security breaches
Surveillance of Twitter Feeds Turn Attention to Online Test Security
John Mooney | March 16, 2015 | Education
Pearson reports that student tweets raise concerns about possible PARCC cheating
Only One New Charter School Gets Go-Ahead, While Two Others Must Close
John Mooney | March 16, 2015 | Education
While renewing 14 charters for existing schools, state officials also reject closely watched plans to turn two Camden public schools into charters
Education Commissioner Offers Forceful Defense of New PARCC Testing
John Mooney | March 13, 2015 | Education
Hespe tells Senate panel participation is high despite ‘opt-out’ campaign, which he says is largely fueled by misinformation
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