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A Very Bad Week for Newark’s Public Schools Manages to Get Worse
John Mooney | March 11, 2016 | Education
Newark teachers union releases 2014 district memo alerting schools to possible lead contamination in water
Christie’s Warning to Newark Leaders Draws Backlash from Baraka
John Mooney | March 9, 2016 | Education
Governor threatened to ‘run him over’ if city’s mayor continues to oppose more charter schools
Visiting Newark Charter, Christie Jumps Headlong Into City’s Debate
John Mooney | March 8, 2016 | Education
Spending day surrounded by kids and teachers, governor takes time to warn that mayor’s attitude could delay state returning control of Newark schools
Administration Yet to Heed Recommendations of Anti-Bullying Task Force
John Mooney | March 7, 2016 | Education
More support for districts and clarification of what actually constitutes bullying are both part of final report from panel
Bill Expanding, Bolstering Early Childhood Education Unveiled in State Senate
John Mooney | March 4, 2016 | Education
But realities of lack of funding and inadequate facilities are among obstacles facing wide-ranging legislation
NJ Issues Mandatory Report on Cost of Providing ‘Adequate’ Education
John Mooney | March 3, 2016 | Education
Numbers fall $1 billion short of amount of required under state’s school-aid formula
Agenda: What’s Next for NJ with Federal Every Student Succeeds Act?
John Mooney | March 2, 2016 | Education
State Board of Education members will also hear from leaders of anti-bullying task force
State Approves Only Three New Charter Schools, Gives OK to 16 Expansions
John Mooney | March 1, 2016 | Education
Latest action reflects recent trend as Christie administration has shifted away from approving start-ups while encouraging existing operations
Teachers Mostly OK with Newark Contract, Except for Handling of Bonuses
John Mooney | February 29, 2016 | Education
Educators typically view landmark contract as evenhanded, according to new report, but friction noted on reward distribution
How Secure is Student Privacy as More Learning and Testing Go Online?
John Mooney | February 26, 2016 | Education
Experts gather to talk about how NJ stacks up when it comes to safety of students’ private information
PARCC Exam This Year Will Include Additional Section of Practice Questions
John Mooney | February 25, 2016 | Education
One-third of school districts must take part in field trials of new questions, taking up as much as two extra hours of testing time
Governor Lauds Charter Schools But Funding Doesn’t Match Rhetoric
John Mooney | February 24, 2016 | Education
Direct state aid to charter schools is actually reduced by $2.8 million in proposed budget for FY 2017
The List: NJ Schools with the Most Students Not Taking the Online PARCC Exams
John Mooney | February 22, 2016 | Education, The List
Highest percentages of students who didn’t take exams were mostly from more affluent districts
Additional State Aid for Most Districts Won’t Even Cover One Teacher’s Salary
John Mooney | February 22, 2016 | Education
Median amount is around $30,000; Newark gets $26.8M from new fund to offset charter-school costs
Early Childhood Offerings Would Expand with New Legislative Package
John Mooney | February 19, 2016 | Education
All-day kindergarten, tax credits – and even a new Department of Early Childhood – proposed by influential state Senate Democrat
State Budget for Education is Tight, But Newark Schools May Get $20M Boost in Aid
John Mooney | February 18, 2016 | Education
Special fund offsets costs for ‘host districts’ with abundance of charter schools
Governor’s Plan Offers Barely More Aid to Schools – But It Could Be Worse
John Mooney | February 17, 2016 | Budget, Education, Politics
Education advocates say 1 percent increase is inadequate but at least better than cuts they feared
Paterson District Regains Some Fiscal Control, as $45M Shortfall Looms
John Mooney | February 16, 2016 | Education
Situation raises larger questions about requiring state-controlled districts to improve -- when there’s little new money to help
Proposal Tying Graduation to PARCC Exams Met with Skepticism, Hesitancy
John Mooney | February 11, 2016 | Education
Many testifying before State Board of Education urge caution in adopting new standard, while others assail test itself
Advocates for Expanded Preschool Gather to Rally Support for More Funding
John Mooney | February 10, 2016 | Education
Democrat-backed legislation would allocate millions to provide pre-K programs to more 3- and 4-year-olds
Profile: Keeping Tabs on Christie, from Bridgegate to the Granite State
John Mooney | February 10, 2016 | Profiles
Matt Katz’s resume is deeper than his coverage of New Jersey’s governor. It includes Camden and Afghanistan -- and a syndicated ‘dating and relationships’ column
Democrats Unveil Bills Allocating Millions for Expansion of Preschool
John Mooney | February 9, 2016 | Education
Expansion of early childhood programs among legislative priorities set by party leaders
Agenda: Hearings Set on New Academic Standards, H.S. Graduation Requirements
John Mooney | February 9, 2016 | Education
State Board of Education will hear testimony on revised state standards and proposal for new PARCC exit test
Court Rules Against Piscataway in Charter-School Tuition Challenge
John Mooney | February 8, 2016 | Education
School district argued -- unsuccessfully -- that large budget surpluses at public charter schools should mean lower tuition for enrolled students
Statewide High-School Graduation Rate Increases to Nearly 90 Percent
John Mooney and Colleen O'Dea | February 4, 2016 | Education
But socio-economic gaps remain and requirement of passing grade on PARCC to earn diploma looms on the horizon
State Goes Public with Results of First-Year PARCC Exam Scores
John Mooney and Colleen O'Dea | February 3, 2016 | Education
As expected, the numbers show widespread falling off from earlier state tests; opt-out numbers are inconclusive
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
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