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Advocates Perturbed as Lawmakers Press on with School Testing Legislation

Carly Sitrin | February 22, 2019 | Education

The saga over graduation requirements for New Jersey’s high school students was thought to have been settled last week. Proposed new legislation is raising more concerns

PARCC Compromise Averts a Crisis for High School Seniors and Juniors

Carly Sitrin | February 19, 2019 | Education
But now New Jersey’s Department of Education must come up with graduation requirements for the class of 2021 and beyond
How Are Districts Using State Pre-school Funds?
NJTV News Online | February 13, 2019 | Education
Officials in two very different districts are figuring out how best to make use of their money from Trenton
Eight School Districts Sue NJ DOE Over Cuts in State Aid
Carly Sitrin | February 12, 2019 | Education
But Senate President Sweeney says they should have seen the writing on the blackboard, changes resolve long-standing inequities in state education aid
Stop-Gap Attempt to ‘Avoid Chaos’ as Court Action Awaited in PARCC Case
Carly Sitrin | February 8, 2019 | Education
A court’s recent strike-down of PARCC graduation requirements has led to widespread confusion. Lawmakers try to keep the requirements in place for current juniors and seniors
Lawmakers Seeking More Diversity Among NJ’s Public School Teachers
Colleen O'Dea | February 8, 2019 | Education
Tackling thorny issue in a state where minorities are 56 percent of student enrollments, while just 16 percent of teachers are non-white
Will Booker’s Track Record on Education Be a Problem for his 2020 Campaign?
Patrick Wall & Matt Barnum | Chalkbeat | February 7, 2019 | Education, Politics
His vision for improving education has included charter schools and merit pay for teachers — views that are out of fashion for many Democrats
Why Don’t Kids Go to School? Students Have Their Say
Carly Sitrin | February 6, 2019 | Education
Lawmakers go straight to the source to hear about the obstacles that keep some kids from attending classes
Divided Reactions to Court Decision on PARCC and What It Means for Students
Carly Sitrin | February 5, 2019 | Education
Path to graduation still uncertain for about 170,000 high school seniors and juniors, but ‘business as usual’ for many school officials who continue to implement PARCC as a graduation requirement
Murphy’s ‘Computer Science for All’ Initiative Off to Modest Start
John Mooney | January 31, 2019 | Education
Governor announces first $2 million in grants for high-tech program will be divvied up among 29 school districts
Fine Print: Auditor Questions Oversight of Camden’s Renaissance Schools
John Mooney | January 29, 2019 | Education
Second audit finds gaps in enrollment and hiring at fast-growing hybrid charter schools
Legislative Hold on PARCC Replacement Leaves No Clear Path to HS Diploma
Carly Sitrin | January 29, 2019 | Education
NJ lawmakers delay vote on measure after appellate court issues stay on ruling that would kill PARCC, students left out in the cold — for now
State Officials Ask Judges to Let Classes of 2019 and 2020 Graduate Under Old Rules
Carly Sitrin | January 18, 2019 | Education
DOE says appellate court case is leaving nearly 170,000 current seniors and juniors without a clear path to graduation
Murphy Releases More Funding For Pre-K Programs Across State
Carly Sitrin | January 11, 2019 | Education
Thirty-three needy districts that previously had received no pre-K funding from Trenton, will benefit. Advocates praise governor’s move, but say much more needs to be done
NJ Has Weak System of State Support for Black and Latino College Students — Report
Carly Sitrin | January 10, 2019 | Education
Higher education in NJ is hobbled by inequities that leave many minority students ill-equipped for college and the job market, authors contend
All-Out Efforts to Block Rider’s Sale of Westminster Choir College to Chinese
Carly Sitrin | January 8, 2019 | Education
Rider University’s move to sell ‘religious music college’ to company owned by Chinese government has triggered lawsuits, a faculty grievance, and worries about ‘destruction’ of an American college
For Stretched NJ Students, Help on the Way in Learning How to Manage Finances
John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2019 | Education
New Jersey’s college students are among the most debt-laden in the country. Financial literacy soon will be required in middle school
Top Reports: How Fair Is School Funding in NJ Compared to Other States?
John Mooney | December 27, 2018 | Education, Winter 2018
The answer, it seems, is fairer than most. Only Wyoming matches New Jersey on key criteria
Governor Signs Education Measures — Special Focus on School Safety, Buses
Carly Sitrin | December 19, 2018 | Education
Lives lost in U.S. school shootings and New Jersey school bus tragedy prompt efforts to increase safeguards for students
‘Fed Up’ Rutgers Faculty Protest Slow Contract Talks, Threaten to Strike
Carly Sitrin | December 7, 2018 | Education
Hundreds of faculty union members picketed meeting of university’s board of governors, frustrated with stagnant wages and months of fruitless bargaining
Educators to Trenton: Go Back to School on School Monitoring System
Carly Sitrin | December 5, 2018 | Education
State DOE officials get an earful on the administrative burden imposed by a system designed to provide oversight and accountability in public schools
National Labor Leader Irate over Kean University’s New China Strategy
Carly Sitrin | November 30, 2018 | Education
‘How dare we let it happen right under our eyes,’ says AFT president Randi Weingarten, referring to transfer of faculty at Kean’s Wenzhou outpost to Chinese government employment
75 Gather in Morris for Training Session on School Shootings
NJTV News Online | November 29, 2018 | Education
Similar programs, focusing on prevention, will be held next month in other counties, including Bergen and Middlesex
Jobs the Focus as Governor Launches High School STEM Program
NJTV News Online | November 28, 2018 | Education
‘It’s STEM on steroids,’ says mayor whose city will be one of the first to benefit from the initiative
Newark Continues to Wrestle with Charter-School Issues
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | November 28, 2018 | Education
As New Jersey takes a close look at charter schools, Newark’s large charter sector inspires passion — both for and against
Bills Aimed at Curbing Sexual Abuse in Schools Progress in State Assembly
NJTV News Online | November 27, 2018 | Education
‘We need to stop these predators,’ says Assemblywoman who has been at forefront of legislative efforts
Calls for Ouster of Trenton Superintendent over School Security Problems
NJTV News Online | November 21, 2018 | Education
City police officers patrol Trenton schools after private guards walk out in dispute involving school district and two private security firms
Lucky 13 — Some School Districts to Get Aid Restored After Budget Cuts
John Mooney | November 20, 2018 | Education
That leaves the out-of-luck 35, whose applications for more than $20 million all told were turned down by New Jersey Department of Education
Newarkers Demand Details of District-Charter Enrollment Deal
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | November 20, 2018 | Education
At a hastily arranged meeting, the Newark school board OK’d a legal agreement that affects thousands of families. Few people have had access to the document
State Official Scrutinizes Payroll Switch for Faculty at Kean U Outpost in China
Colleen O'Dea | November 19, 2018 | Education
Secretary of Higher Education delves into controversy that has alarmed faculty. Union president says professors worry they will be under ‘control of the Chinese government’
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