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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
Agenda: Charter Schools and Special Education Rules Move Forward
John Mooney | February 1, 2017 | Education
State board to take decisive votes on controversial regulations for private special education schools and charter schools
Guadagno Comes Out Strong for Charters, School Choice
John Mooney | January 27, 2017 | Education
In one of her first policy statements, Republican gubernatorial candidate indicates she might push the boundaries on her boss’s charter policies
NJ Teachers Uncensored on Likely Secretary of Education
John Mooney | January 25, 2017 | Education
Among comments about DeVos as head of federal Department of Education — ‘demoralizing,’ ‘an insult and slap in the face to educators’
Decoding DeVos: What New Education Secretary Could Mean for New Jersey
John Mooney | January 20, 2017 | Education
Yes, she’s pro-charter and pro-school choice, but how might those beliefs play out for educators and students in the Garden State?
Public Hearings — as Many as 9 — Planned on School Funding
John Mooney | January 17, 2017 | Education
Democrats Sweeney and Prieto will pursue individual approaches to funding reform
Sweeney and Prieto Thrust and Parry over School Funding Plan
John Mooney | January 11, 2017 | Education
Senate president and assembly speaker agree on at least one issue: They need to get out ahead of governor’s ‘Fairness Formula’
Sweeney Pushes to Keep His School-Funding Plan Alive
John Mooney | January 9, 2017 | Education
Senate president adds new wrinkle to scheme, a select committee to investigate school funding statewide
NJ Spotlight and WHYY Newsworks Talk Christie and Charters
John Mooney | January 6, 2017 | Education
Will the governor make this a big bang issue or will he let it just fade away in his last year in office?
Critics, Advocates Pump Up Volume of Charter-School Debates
John Mooney | January 5, 2017 | Education
After protest moves indoors, meeting of state Board of Education turns into lively discussion of whether NJ needs charters at all
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