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Last Word on Bullying: Anti-Bullying Task Force Delivers Final Report
John Mooney | February 2, 2016 | Education
Voluminous document includes numerous suggestions on how to improve implementation, calls for clearer definitions, more funding
Explainer: Tough Anti-Bullying Law Guides Schools in Dealing with Harassment
John Mooney | February 2, 2016 | Explainer
Legislation enacted after Rutgers student’s suicide later spurred probe of violent hazing involving Sayerville football team
How Will Christie’s New State School Standards Play in Iowa, New Jersey?
John Mooney | February 1, 2016 | Education
Public has chance to be heard on new regulations, before state board votes, moves to implement
The Feedback Loop: Public Comments and Questions About Special-Ed Ombudsman
John Mooney | January 29, 2016 | Education
NJ Spotlight readers, advocates, and lawmakers go public on this new position created by a law signed this month by Gov. Christie
Job Moves and Changes in Duties Bring Deputy Commissioner Back to DOE
John Mooney | January 28, 2016 | Education
Hespe says changes to organizational chart will streamline how department functions, allow better use of data, personnel
‘Biliteracy’ Seal on Student Diplomas Will Recognize and Reward Bilingualism
John Mooney | January 27, 2016 | Education
Ability to speak two languages called important advantage for NJ students as they enter workforce and college
Report’s Replete with Points to Consider About Testing of Garden State Students
John Mooney | January 25, 2016 | Education
Panel’s review of use of standardized exams stresses need to review goals of all student assessments and to not rush change
Christie Signs Legislation Creating New Position of Special-Ed Omsbudsman
John Mooney | January 21, 2016 | Education
Office will help resolve disputes, respond to questions and concerns raised by families of children with disabilities
Shakespeare Aside, Evidence Doesn’t Match Christie’s Claim He Ended Common Core
John Mooney | January 19, 2016 | Education
Task force recommendations call for hundreds of changes, but mostly in wording of questions and not so much in substance
Gov. Christie Champions Charter Schools, But Will Talk Lead to Action?
John Mooney | January 13, 2016 | Education
The governor makes some big promises for charters, but has delivered a mixed message on the subject in the past
Christie’s Education Talking Points Yield More Questions, Few Clear Answers
John Mooney | January 12, 2016 | Education
Reports on academic standards, PARCC exams and graduation requirements offer some policy tweaks on eve of governor’s speech
Variety of Education Bills Set for Vote as Legislative Session Wanes
John Mooney | January 11, 2016 | Education
Testing-firm disclosures, art-class grades, volunteer credits, and rules for restraint of disabled students on legislators’ agenda
Agenda: Update on State Standards and H.S. Grad Requirements Kick Off 2016
John Mooney | January 11, 2016 | Education
State Board of Education gets first look at standard revisions ordered by Christie and new PARCC diploma requirements
Fine Print: The Health Study that Could Help Turn School Recess Into Law
John Mooney | January 8, 2016 | Education
Giving kids a break is at the heart of a Senate bill that wants to ensure that recess is part of every school day
Spirit of Cooperation Evident Again at Appearance by Mayor, Schools Chief
John Mooney | January 6, 2016 | Education
Baraka, Cerf exchange praise at event unveiling incentives encouraging Newark’s top graduates to attend college in NJ
Commissioner Hespe Faces Tough Call in Overcrowded Freehold District
John Mooney | January 5, 2016 | Education
Administrative law judge overrules voters, says state should approve bonds to relieve cramped, congested schools
Looking Ahead, Unresolved Matters and New Issues Will Mark Year in Education
John Mooney | January 4, 2016 | Education
Ranging from old topics like PARCC and Common Core to new federal rules, 2016 promises to be an eventful year for NJ education
Spending Down Zuckerberg Gift, Celebrating Transition in Newark Schools
John Mooney | December 18, 2015 | Education
Foundation for Newark’s Future -- created by the original $100M donation -- will be shuttering its office early in coming year
Poor Scores on PARCC Reflect Stiff Challenges Facing Schools in Newark
John Mooney | December 17, 2015 | Education
Level of student proficiency ranges from paltry 5 percent to high of only 28 percent
Sweeney Calls for Investing $165 Million in Pre-K, Early-Childhood Programs
John Mooney | December 15, 2015 | Education
Democratic plan would extend Abbot-like services to 17 districts, restore ‘wraparound’ programs to 31 Abbott districts
Education Panels Weigh Array of Bills But Big Issues Left For Another Day
John Mooney | December 14, 2015 | Education
Proposals on docket include raising compulsory age for school attendance and releasing numbers for PARCC exam opt-outs
Could New Jersey Tenure Reform Be Affected by New Federal Law?
John Mooney | December 11, 2015 | Education
Most in NJ take wait-and-see attitude regarding scaling back of federal education mandates for teacher evaluations
Goodbye, ‘No Child Left Behind.’ Hello, ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’
John Mooney | December 10, 2015 | Education
Does a new name for the federal education policy mean significant changes for what NJ is doing or where it’s headed?
Special-Ed Ombudsman Could Help Parents Get Answers, Settle Disputes
John Mooney | December 9, 2015 | Education
Senate bill would create office that could serve as an information clearinghouse for families with special-needs kids
Fine Print: Noted Newark Schools Seek State OK to Go Charter Route
John Mooney | December 8, 2015 | Education
BRICK Academy passes first round of application process, but faces hurdles within city’s public school district
Bill Requiring 20 Minutes of Daily Recess for Younger Kids Hits Delay in Assembly
John Mooney | December 4, 2015 | Education
Last-minute amendments would give schools more flexibility in how they comply with mandate
Final PARCC Results Reveal How New Jersey's Scores Compare with Other States
John Mooney | December 3, 2015 | Education
Despite some outbreaks of PARCC panic, Garden State finishes well ahead of most other states and their students
New Initiative Revives ‘Community Schools’ Approach in Newark
John Mooney | December 2, 2015 | Education
Remaining funds from Zuckerberg gift will help finance program based on boosting involvement in decision-making at grassroots level
And Then There Was One: Administration Approves Single Charter School
John Mooney | December 2, 2015 | Education
Most growth comes from schools expanding and adding seats under current charters
Task Force’s Report on Special-Education Reforms Calls for Changes
John Mooney | December 1, 2015 | Education
Recommendations include return to state aid based on individual students’ needs, not ‘census-based’ method
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