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No Funding in Sight to Repair Newark’s Crumbling Schools

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | July 11, 2019 | Education

Buildings in cash-strapped district have leaky roofs, damaged walls, peeling paint, old electrical systems, missing sinks and toilets

Two Days on the Job, BOE President Talks Takeovers, Exit Tests, and More

John Mooney | July 9, 2019 | Education
Kathy Goldenberg is a big believer in public education, and an equally big believer that New Jersey students deserve the best
Despite Murphy’s Line-Item Cuts, Education Budget Remains Intact
John Mooney | July 2, 2019 | Education
Overall state aid to school districts didn’t change, though governor lopped $38 million from Sweeney program
New Jersey University Won’t Sell Music College to Chinese Firm
NJ Spotlight | July 2, 2019 | Education
Rider U. and Kaiwen Education agree to drop controversial plans for Westminster Choir College
Gov Slams Legislature’s Cut to Free Community-College Program
Michael Aron | NJTV News | June 27, 2019 | Budget, Education
Murphy contrasts lawmakers’ rejection of millionaires tax with their failure to agree to increased funding for the colleges
Rutgers Gives Itself Great Report Card, Leader of Faculty Union Differs
Carly Sitrin | June 25, 2019 | Education
Five-year report celebrates achievements in funding, construction and diversity; union official takes issue, particularly on tuition
What Colleges and Business Think NJ High School Graduates Need
John Mooney | June 24, 2019 | Education, Roundtables
In NJ Spotlight roundtable, college and business leaders detail what they see as the important skills for those preparing for further studies and careers
Putting Faces to Students Aided by Free Tuition at Community Colleges
Carly Sitrin | June 20, 2019 | Education
Governor hopes to expand Community College Opportunity Grants to reach 18,000 students, but budget cuts could shrink program significantly
First International Baccalaureate Grads for Paterson School
Carly Sitrin | June 19, 2019 | Education
Forty participants in rigorous program are headed to schools like Columbia, Penn, Lehigh and NJ Institute of Technology
Newark Superintendent’s Plan for ‘Stronger, Wiser’ School System
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | June 18, 2019 | Education
After one year in charge, Roger León gives broad outline of his vision; sets stage for return of full local control of district
Charge that Taxpayer Funds to Defunct Charter Schools Can’t Be Traced
Carly Sitrin | June 17, 2019 | Education
Report claims shortcomings in federal accountability processes mean millions of dollars in New Jersey and billions nationwide cannot be tallied
Community College Faculty Ramps Up Call for President’s Ouster
Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | June 17, 2019 | Education
Grievances include lawsuits, allegations of racial discrimination and the resignation of a longtime faculty member
Strong Support for Expanding Mental Health Education in NJ Schools
Lilo H. Stainton | June 11, 2019 | Education
Members of Assembly committee vote for age-appropriate mental health curriculum in public schools, beginning in kindergarten
Do HS Coaches in NJ Need Bill Guaranteeing Longer Contracts?
Carly Sitrin | June 11, 2019 | Education
Some winning high school coaches, including Hall-of-Famers, argue disgruntled parents have cost them their jobs — and gotten them blackballed
Lawmakers approve oversight for companies servicing student loans
Carly Sitrin | June 7, 2019 | Education
Retracing a step to help state residents get out from under a mountain of debt, now estimated at $43B
Booker Brother Takes on Senior Role in New Jersey Education
John Mooney | June 6, 2019 | Education
Six positions in state Department of Education are filled; Cary Booker takes on responsibility in Division of Early Childhood Education
Part-Time Lecturers Ratify New Contract with Rutgers
Carly Sitrin | June 3, 2019 | Education
Union leader says next step is a fight for healthcare benefits for the university’s part-time lecturers
School Funding Formula Threatens Layoffs, Program Cuts for Some
WNYC News | May 31, 2019 | Education
As districts across New Jersey say they will be forced into big layoffs, John Mooney of NJ Spotlight discusses the thorny issue of school funding
Teaching the young how to recognize and report sexual abuse
Colleen O'Dea | May 30, 2019 | Education
Lawmakers approve bill requiring development of curriculum for all public school students in New Jersey, including pre-K
Feds Order NJ to Come Up with Better Way to Resolve Special-Ed Disputes
John Mooney | May 28, 2019 | Education
New Jersey has been given three months to improve its much-criticized process for settling disputes involving students in special education
Spotlight: The State of School Facilities in NJ
John Mooney | May 24, 2019 | Education
With the Schools Development Authority engulfed in scandal and all but out of funds, when will there be money to fix this Paterson school and others like it?
Sweeney Wants $50M Extra for Special Ed But No More Funds for Losing Districts
John Mooney | May 23, 2019 | Education
Increase would go to ‘extraordinary aid’ for students with greatest needs. Senate president says districts facing steep cuts in state support shouldn’t expect additional aid
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Running in the Red
Andrew Schmertz | NJTV News | May 23, 2019 | Education
University unveils plan to turn around flagging fortunes of its Big Ten sports program — and reverse teams’ current losing streaks
Sweeney Delivers Seven Bills That Take on Thorny Issues in NJ Education
John Mooney | May 20, 2019 | Education
As part of his ‘Path to Progress’ campaign, senate president presents proposals on school consolidation and special education
Some Part-Time Lecturers Not Happy with New Rutgers Contract
Carly Sitrin | May 20, 2019 | Education
‘The people at the top got what they wanted but the rest of us didn’t,’ said a founder of new Rank-and-File Caucus
Lawmakers Hear From Officials About Teacher Shortage In New Jersey
Raven Santana | NJTV News | May 17, 2019 | Education
State officials are working to address shortfalls in the ranks of math, science, bilingual-instruction, ESL and career and technical educators
Part-Time Faculty at Rutgers Reaches ‘Groundbreaking’ Contract
Carly Sitrin | May 15, 2019 | Education
Full membership yet to vote on agreement that gives pay increases, more job security, other benefits but no contractual access to healthcare
Legislators re-evaluate standardized student testing
Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | May 15, 2019 | Education
Lawmakers hear about possible next steps after court ruling that PARCC test is unconstitutional
Jersey City, Poster Child for What’s Wrong with School-Funding Reform?
Carly Sitrin and John Mooney | May 14, 2019 | Education
The district says cuts to state aid mean teacher layoffs and canceled after-school programs, but some pols and advocates argue Jersey City has the means to end its budget shortfall
NJ Makes Move to Recruit More Men of Color as Teachers
Colleen O'Dea | May 13, 2019 | Education
New Jersey is more diverse than the nation, yet the state’s teacher ranks are a long way from reflecting that diversity
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