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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
Explainer: Advocates Argue for Full-Day Kindergarten in New Jersey
Meir Rinde | December 8, 2015 | Explainer
Does the Garden State suffer from a ‘kindergarten gap’ that could hold back the state’s youngest students?
Federal Money Enables Low-Income Districts to Offer Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten
Meir Rinde | December 7, 2015 | Education
Towns like North Bergen and Galloway need all the help they can get with insufficient school budgets, but what happens when funds dry up?
NJ’s Private Preschools Struggle Against Steep Odds to Deliver Quality Care
Meir Rinde | December 3, 2015 | Education
Helping kids learn in pre-K calls for commitment, trained staff, learning aids and -- unfortunately -- more money than most centers can muster
New Jersey Preschools Struggle To Reach the Kids They’re Meant to Teach
Meir Rinde | November 30, 2015 | Education
Will cuts to school funding dismantle what is arguably the best pre-K program in the United States?
Putting the Garden State's Pre-K Education Programs in Perspective
Meir Rinde | November 23, 2015 | Education
New Jersey has a multiplicity of educational offerings for preschoolers; some deliver top quality, others are mediocre at best
Flap Over GOP Candidate’s Book Throws 38th District Contest Into Turmoil
Meir Rinde | October 28, 2015 | Politics, Elections 2015
Resulting schism may scuttle Republicans’ chances of ousting incumbent Democrats
Explainer: What’s a Freeholder? NJ’s Unusual County Government System
Meir Rinde | October 27, 2015 | Explainer
With roots stretching at least to the 17th century, the Garden State’s unique system of freeholders, sheriffs, and surrogates can be a challenge
GOP Ticket Appears Poised to Coast to Victory in 24th District Contest
Meir Rinde | October 27, 2015 | Politics, Elections 2015
With campaign war chests and past voting trends on their side, Republican wins also seem likely in 21st and 25th districts
Democrats Hope to Score Rare Victory Over GOP Incumbents in 16th District
Meir Rinde | October 26, 2015 | Politics, Elections 2015
Upset made possible by redrawn district lines; GOP status quo more likely to continue in neighboring 23rd District
Summit Hears Call for Action on Transportation Woes, Gasoline-Tax Increase
Meir Rinde | September 18, 2015 | More Issues, Transportation
Other panels at state Chamber of Commerce gathering explore workforce development, regulation, corporate and individual taxes
Christie-Cuomo Endorsement Could Put Gateway Rail Tunnel Back on Track
Meir Rinde | September 16, 2015 | Transportation
Governors agree to split half of project’s $20 billion price tag, looking to feds to pick up rest of tab
Is Private Funding of Transportation Projects the Way to Get Moving?
Meir Rinde | September 11, 2015 | Transportation
Panelists tout benefits of partnerships in which businesses share tolls, user fees or other revenues in exchange for financing
Profile: He’s Steering the Regional Plan Association into the Future
Meir Rinde | September 9, 2015 | Profiles
Thomas Wright hopes to find new solutions for today’s problems, while envisioning tomorrow’s infrastructure
Explainer: How Transit Villages Help NJ Combat Sprawl, Car Culture
Meir Rinde | September 1, 2015 | Explainer
Built around transit hubs, these developments encourage people to walk, bike, jog, and skate to work and play, and to rely on mass transit for longer journeys
Cuomo’s ‘New York Attitude’ on Gateway Tunnel: Let New Jersey Pay for It
Meir Rinde | August 14, 2015 | Transportation
No longer tightlipped on the subject, NY governor remains tightfisted, even though Gateway would bring hundreds of thousands of workers into Manhattan daily
Strength in Numbers: Can Transportation Alliance Get Gateway Project Going?
Meir Rinde | August 13, 2015 | Transportation
U.S. Sen. Schumer calls for Gateway Development Corp.; former ARC project director envisions coalition of transit agencies
Profile: She's Tuned Into All Things Transportation in the Garden State
Meir Rinde | August 5, 2015 | Profiles
Janna Chernetz of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign is keeping close watch on NJ’s roads, rails, streets, cars, bikes, buses, and …
Gateway Tunnel -- Like NJ Commuters -- Is Going Nowhere Fast
Meir Rinde | July 31, 2015 | Transportation
Christie and Cuomo agree Amtrak’s proposed trans-Hudson tunnel is important, but come up short when it comes to a plan
Former Prosecutor, Christie Whistleblower Wins Access to Grand Jury Records
Meir Rinde | July 24, 2015 | Politics
Judge orders confidential transcripts to go to Bennett Barlyn, but state could drag out release for month using legal means
Explainer: Coming to Terms With the Intricacies of Fair Housing -- After COAH
Meir Rinde | July 21, 2015 | Housing, Explainer
From builder's remedy and growth share to rehabilitation and vacant land
Despite Last-Minute Appeals and Arguments, NJ Transit Approves Fare Hikes
Meir Rinde | July 16, 2015 | Transportation
No surprises in agency’s formal approval of 9 percent increase, but that doesn’t take the sting out of the decision for commuters
The List: The 10 U.S. Transit Agencies That Rely Most on Fare Revenues
Meir Rinde | July 6, 2015 | Transportation, The List
NJ Transit isn’t the worst, but it has high ratio of funding derived from ticket sales rather than other sources, such as state budget or advertising sales
Profile: A Driving Force Behind AAA of New Jersey's Backing for Gas-Tax Hike
Meir Rinde | June 17, 2015 | Profiles
For Cathleen Lewis, looking out for Garden State motorists and serving as mayor of Lawrence Township are all in a day's work
Feds Call NJ-NY Gateway Tunnel ‘Most Important Rail Project in U.S.’
Meir Rinde | June 16, 2015 | Transportation
But near-insurmountable difficulties remain to be resolved -- such as where the requisite $15 billion will come from
Buono Accused of Violating Campaign-Finance Rules in Race Against Christie
Meir Rinde | June 4, 2015 | Politics
Ex-state senator faces fine for using money from Senate election account to pay for polling in governor’s race
Spirited Debate Enlivens State Assembly Race in 24th Legislative District
Meir Rinde | May 29, 2015 |
Former mayor, incumbent legislator and county freeholder spar over issues ranging from Common Core to costly solar project
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