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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
Some Questions as State Expands Free Community College Program
Carly Sitrin | May 10, 2019 | Education
Initiative is a ‘gap filler,’ not a free ride, official says; up to 18,000 students are expected to benefit in 2019-2020 academic year
No Easy Answers About Why It Costs So Much to Attend NJ’s Public Colleges
Carly Sitrin | May 2, 2019 | Budget, Education
Murphy’s proposed budget allocates $1.65 billion to higher education, but some college and university officials politely explain that it’s not enough
Fight over School Funding Is Focus of Senate Budget Hearing
Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | May 1, 2019 | Education
Teachers, students and administrators rally outside State House to protest cuts in aid to their districts
Jersey City BOE Sues State Department of Education over Cut to Aid
Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | April 30, 2019 | Education
Board members say proposed cut in state aid would be catastrophic for the district, could put the future of its 30,000 students at risk
Murphy Names Acting CEO of Schools Development Authority
NJTV News | April 29, 2019 | Education
Move comes swiftly on resignation of embattled former CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco
At Rutgers, Battle Rages Over Salaries for Part-Time Faculty, Tuition Freeze
Carly Sitrin | April 25, 2019 | Education
University argues it’s tapped out after signing contract with full-timers, attempts to squeeze more out of budget will only drive tuition higher
Schools Development Authority CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco resigns
NJTV News | April 24, 2019 | Education
Embattled head has been at center of patronage scandal because of hirings and firings at the SDA
Education Coalition Urges Governor, Dems to Rethink School Funding Cuts
John Mooney | April 23, 2019 | Education
Murphy’s spending plan would cut state aid to almost 200 districts; coalition wants him and legislative leaders to come up with a less bruising proposal
Some NJ Districts Pile Up Debt Building Schools, Others Are Debt-Free
Colleen O'Dea | April 22, 2019 | Education
Although New Jersey is in better shape than the country as a whole for school debt, paying off construction bonds costs about a quarter of state’s annual debt service
Q&A: Katrina McCombs, New Superintendent of Camden City School District
Carly Sitrin | April 22, 2019 | Education
McCombs has big ambitions but is facing big challenges — not least a severe budget crisis
Winning Rutgers Faculty Union Vows to Aid Part-Timers in Contract Battle
Carly Sitrin | April 18, 2019 | Education
After agreeing a ‘historic’ contract, officials with the union representing thousands of full-time faculty and graduate employees say they will work for colleagues still at the bargaining table
Rutgers Reaches Tentative Deal with Faculty Union, Part-Timers Still Negotiate
Carly Sitrin | April 17, 2019 | Education
Although union members must approve agreement, a strike appears to have been averted. But no resolution yet for their part-time colleagues
Murphy, Sweeney in Accord, More Money Should Go to Expanded Pre-K
Michael Aron | NJTV News | April 16, 2019 | Budget, Education
Governor’s proposal would add another $68 million to the current allocation of $738 million all told
Many Questions and Few Answers in Education Budget Hearing
John Mooney | April 12, 2019 | Education
Education commissioner admits state is little closer to solving testing problems, finding increased aid for hardest-hit districts
Budget Committee Grills SDA Head on Spending — and Hiring and Firing
John Mooney | April 11, 2019 | Education
Embattled executive director of Schools Development Authority defers answering most questions, saying situation is under review by counsel
Rutgers Teetering on the Edge of Major Faculty Strike
Carly Sitrin | April 10, 2019 | Education, The Booker Beat
Students, faculty, union members, and national organizations come together in final show of solidarity outside Newark campus center
Controversy Continues over NJ Schools Development Authority
Carly Sitrin | April 5, 2019 | Education
Amid storm over CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco’s hirings and firings, a show of support for embattled leader of the SDA
Political Firestorm Continues to Rage Over SDA Hirings and Firings
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 4, 2019 | Education
Embattled CEO of Schools Development Authority deals with continued charges of patronage, favoritism
Newark Schools Fell Back in 2018, Halting Years of Progress
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | April 3, 2019 | Education
While experts caution that too much should not be read into test scores, the results provide fodder for critics of district’s previous aggressive changes
Key Questions on Sale of Westminster Choir College to Chinese Unanswered
Colleen O'Dea | March 29, 2019 | Education
Assistant Attorney General describes response of prospective seller, Rider University, as ‘less than optimal’
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