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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
Interactive Map: Charting the Ups and Downs of Dems’ School-Aid Plan
John Mooney | June 16, 2017 | Education, Maps, Map of the Week
For critics it’s not just a matter of winners and losers; NJEA dismisses strategy as ‘sick scheme’ for proposing school budget cuts so late in the day
Sweeney, Prieto Agreement Adds $125M to School-Funding Formula
John Mooney | June 15, 2017 | Education
Embattled Democratic leaders shake hands on a deal, but will Christie and the rest of the Legislature buy into their vision?
What Do You Want to Know About How NJ Funds Its Public Schools?
John Mooney | June 15, 2017 | Education
Use our interactive tool to let us know your questions about school funding in the Garden State
State Board Poised to End Control of Jersey City Schools, Newark May Follow
John Mooney | June 8, 2017 | Education
But which state board will make the call? The makeup of the panel is still in flux, and its president and vice president could be ushered out the door
Public Education and the Candidates: Putting the Issues in Perspective
John Mooney | June 2, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017
The hot topics are no secret — funding, PARCC testing, and charter schools — but teasing out where the candidates stand is the real test
Some Unexpected Drama for Staid, State Board of Education
John Mooney | May 26, 2017 | Education
Naming two new members to the panel kicks up some legislative dust as Senators want to interview replacements
Newark Parents’ LIFO Challenge Back in Court on Appeal
John Mooney | May 25, 2017 | Education
Summarily dismissed last month, the appeal turns on the plaintiffs’ allegation that judge didn’t give ‘adequate consideration to harm … being done’
Newark Teachers Union Inks New Contract — without Oprah, Zuckerberg
John Mooney | May 16, 2017 | Education
After more than a year at the bargaining table, NTU walks away with contract that protects performance bonuses, includes raises
Michael Aron on What Makes for a Great Political Debate on TV
John Mooney | May 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
A look behind the scenes at the intense preparations going into the NJ Spotlight and NJTV co-coverage of the second Democratic gubernatorial debate
New Jersey’s Court System Continues to Drive Education Policy
John Mooney | May 4, 2017 | Education
Yesterday’s dismissal of the Newark ‘LIFO’ case and recent decisions continue to show how the court is a force in education in Garden State
Democrats to Christie: No Progress on School-Aid Reform, No Budget
John Mooney | May 3, 2017 | Education
No more debates about fine points of various plans, the Democrats want real movement on funding formula
Fine Print: OLS Releases Analysis of Christie School Budget
John Mooney | April 25, 2017 | Education
Annual budget report details questions about state aid, more
Exploring Christie’s Budget Plan — From the Education Angle
John Mooney | April 24, 2017 | Education
Acting education commissioner Harrington slated to appear today before Assembly committee to speak up for governor’s public education allocations
Interactive Map: A Statewide View of What School Districts Spend Per Pupil
John Mooney | April 21, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Average spending, for the first time, nudged slightly above $20,000 — coming in at $20,385
As Pols Dawdle over School Funding, Here Are the Numbers at Stake
John Mooney | April 18, 2017 | Education
Depending on whose math you follow, districts could be in line for $1 billion to $2 billion
Latest School Performance Reports Put ACT/SAT Results in Perspective
John Mooney | April 5, 2017 | Education
Reports, released yesterday, continue to stress dynamic growth over static snapshots
AGENDA: STATE BOARD TAKES UP SCHOOL MONITORING, AGAIN
John Mooney | April 4, 2017 | Education
State accountability system gets a fresh look, while old topics get last hearing
Will NJ Schools Be Affected by U.S. Top Court Ruling on Special Ed?
John Mooney | March 27, 2017 | Education
State already answers to higher legal standard, but federal ruling should re-emphasize that minimum progress is not enough for special-needs students
78 Days and Counting in Governor’s 100-Day School-Funding Challenge
John Mooney | March 22, 2017 | Education
Christie offered legislators a 100-day window to remake the school-funding formula with him, but so far there have been few takers
At NJ Spotlight ‘Newsmaker,’ U.S. Sen. Booker Meets with Our Members
John Mooney | March 21, 2017 | Politics
Bringing civic and political leaders together with our readers — it’s one of the benefits of membership
Assembly Hopes Senate Will Go Along with PARCC Rollback
John Mooney | March 17, 2017 | Education
Lower chamber wants to eliminate PARCC as graduation requirement for NJ’s public high schools
Push to Expand Public Preschool Likely to Be Part of Budget Battle
John Mooney | March 15, 2017 | Education
Advocates recognize money is tight but argue now’s the time to roll out public pre-K to 100 low-income communities
Christie’s School Funding Surprise: Maintain the Status Quo
John Mooney | March 1, 2017 | Budget, Education
Governor pledges 100-day window to work with lawmakers to fix funding, but caps offer with veiled threat if no solution is reached
The Nuclear Option: Will Christie Budget Blow Up School Funding?
John Mooney | February 24, 2017 | Education
Educators, parents, advocates have been working for months to come up with a plan to countermand the governor’s ‘Fairness Formula’
Fine Print: Assembly Moves to End PARCC as Graduation Requirement
John Mooney | February 17, 2017 | Education
Committee acts on little-used parliamentary tool, but effort still has a ways to travel
While Education Simmers in D.C., NJ Quietly Puts Together Its ESSA Proposal
John Mooney | February 16, 2017 | Education
The state puts the finishing touches to its plan for implementing Every Student Succeeds Act, looks for public comment
Senate Says Schools Will Remain ‘No-Questions-Asked’ Safe Zones for All Students
John Mooney | February 7, 2017 | Education, Immigration
Upper chamber also resolves not to support Trump’s executive order on immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority countries
State BOE Head in Spotlight as Christie Charter-School Code Gets Voted Down
John Mooney | February 6, 2017 | Education
BOE President Biedron — targeted for replacement by Christie — says there was nothing political in thwarting governor’s charter-school regs
NJ’s Top Court Refuses to Hear Christie’s School-Funding, Seniority Brief
John Mooney | February 1, 2017 | Education
Two-page ruling points governor to lower court to fight teacher seniority, barely mentions funding challenge
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