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Calls for NJ to Return Millions in Federal Aid for ‘Troubled’ Sandy Rebuild
Meir Rinde | October 24, 2016 | Sandy, After Sandy
But state disputes federal audit that criticized aid rebuilding programs and poor oversight of company hired to administer them
Businessman Mounts Longshot Challenge to 14-Term Pallone in 6th
Meir Rinde | October 21, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Republican Sonnek-Schmelz says Pallone has failed small businesses and Sandy victims
Explainer: A Multitude of Paths for Legal Immigration to the United States
Meir Rinde | September 21, 2016 | Explainer
Some roads are like the interstate, fast and relatively direct, while others are far more circuitous and can take years to get to the destination
Some Improvement Seen in Camden Schools: Blip or New Beginning?
Meir Rinde | August 19, 2016 | Education
Camden charters and Renaissance schools — the first in New Jersey — show signs of promise, but test scores at district schools remain mired at the bottom
No Fast Fixes for New Jersey’s Deeply Flawed School Funding
Meir Rinde | July 15, 2016 | Education
Is your district getting all the aid that’s coming to it, or is it one of many that’s being shortchanged?
Construction Slated to Begin on Stockton’s ‘Island Campus’ in Atlantic City
Meir Rinde | June 24, 2016 | Planning
The $200 million campus is a key component of the rescue strategy intended to revive the failing, crisis-plagued gambling resort
Is Lakewood on the Verge of a Meltdown?
Meir Rinde | June 21, 2016 | Education, Social
The former resort town is struggling with city-size problems: overstressed infrastructure, underfinanced schools, and growing social tensions
Explainer: Separating Rubbish from Reality for NJ’s Recycling
Meir Rinde | June 21, 2016 | Explainer
Politics and economics combine to make it hard to keep waste out of the environment
NJ Continues to Cut Funding for Higher Education, Spends Less Than in 2008
Meir Rinde | May 20, 2016 | Education
As money for college dwindles, middle-class and lower-middle-class families and students appear to be bearing the brunt of the shortfall
Explainer: Getting the Facts on Funding for NJ’s Charter Schools
Meir Rinde | May 17, 2016 | Explainer
Charter advocates often argue their schools are not being fully funded; opponents point out that charters take money away from district schools
DOE Refines Portfolio Review as PARCC Alternative for Graduation
Meir Rinde | May 13, 2016 | Education
Good news for seniors: Department extends portfolio deadline, changes rules to keep parents in loop, reminds local districts of responsibilities
PARCC Foes Vow to Keep Fighting High-School Graduation Requirement
Meir Rinde | May 5, 2016 | Education
Teachers Union, anti-test activists confront state Board of Education in battle that also involves the Legislature and courts.
Profile: New head of Garden State Equality Is Young but Experienced Gay Activist
Meir Rinde | May 4, 2016 | Profiles
Christian Fuscarino brings more than a decade of experience in LGBT activism and social service to his new post of executive director
Refining and Revising Anti-Bullying Law Easier Said Than Done
Meir Rinde | May 3, 2016 | Education
One of the more unpopular changes would give school principals the discretion to decide what constitute bullying and what is just bad behavior
NJ School Districts Craft Progressive Policies on Transgender Rights
Meir Rinde | April 25, 2016 | Education, Social
Advocates say schools have made a good first step, but much more needs to be done when it comes to gender-identity issues
Reformers Question If School-Aid Formula Is Out of Touch with Reality
Meir Rinde | April 13, 2016 | Education
It’s not just rich versus poor or urban versus rural; some basic assumptions of school-funding formula may need to be rethought
The List: Top New Jersey Municipalities with Highest Per-Capita Budgets
Meir Rinde | April 11, 2016 | The List
Atlantic City has been pilloried for its municipal spending by top Republicans and Democrats, but how does it stack up against other municipalities and resort towns?
Administration Soldiers On with PARCC Plans, Despite Protests from Parents
Meir Rinde | April 7, 2016 | Education
State is prepared to speedily process thousands of appeals from students who fail graduation tests, officials say
Public Program Delivers Seal of Approval to Private Pre-K Schools
Meir Rinde | April 6, 2016 | Education
Grow NJ Kids program completes first evaluation, awards three stars to Newark early-education facility
Fight Over Atlantic City’s Future Becomes High-Stakes Blame Game
Meir Rinde | March 28, 2016 | Politics
High cost of city government, excessive per-resident spending… governor, lawmakers, and mayor all argue they’ve got answer to looming crisis
Profile: She's Working for Progressive Change at the Grassroots Level
Meir Rinde | March 17, 2016 | Profiles
Head of NJ Citizen Action counts successful campaign for paid sick leave among top accomplishments
Takeover of Atlantic City Moves Closer Despite Anger Over Extent of Control
Meir Rinde | March 11, 2016 | More Issues
Delegation from city protests ‘draconian’ measures, which could face legal challenge
Tourism Climbs in NJ, with Increased Number of Visitors Around the Garden State
Meir Rinde | March 7, 2016 | More Issues
Despite decline in Atlantic City revenues, variety of attractions boosts overall earnings by 3.3%
The List: 10 Great New Jersey Bike Trails to Help Get You Psyched for Cycling
Meir Rinde | March 7, 2016 | The List
Ocean views, picturesque towns, historic sites, and a paradise for birders are just a few of the reasons to bike or hike the Garden State
Profile: Life in the Bike Lane Yields Unique View of Safety, Business, Commuting
Meir Rinde | February 24, 2016 | Profiles
For Cyndi Steiner, executive director of New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, cycling is both passion and profession
Atlantic City Update: A ‘Takeover’ by Any Other Name Is Still a Takeover
Meir Rinde | February 19, 2016 | More Issues, Politics
Despite talk about ‘partnership’ and ‘intervention,’ Sweeney plan represents a sweeping abrogation of powers wielded by city government
Steep Cost of NJ’s Public Colleges Works Against Students, Hurts State
Meir Rinde | February 18, 2016 | Education
Making a college education out-of-reach financially encourages students to attend school elsewhere -- and they rarely return
Why is NJ’s Poverty Rate So High? And What Can Be Done to Lower It?
Meir Rinde | January 28, 2016 | More Issues, Politics, Social
Legislative hearings address ineffective state programs and millions of residents who can’t, or barely, make ends meet
Politics and Policy: Debating Pre-K Expansion in the Garden State
Meir Rinde | December 18, 2015 | Education
Proponents of preschool in NJ are eloquent in its defense, while opponents are equally articulate when disputing its advantages. Both sides are frustrated by financial concerns
Head Start Preschools: Enriching the Lives of New Jersey’s Poorest Kids
Meir Rinde | December 16, 2015 | Education
But popular pre-K program faces challenges on several fronts, including critical report disputing long-term gains for youngest students
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