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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’
Paterson’s School Funding Woes Dominate Public Budget Hearing
Michael Aron | NJTV News | March 28, 2019 | Budget, Education
Assembly committee is told Paterson school district is facing severe deficit, would have to make ‘massive’ staffing cuts if nothing changes
Student Bill of Rights Central to New State Plan for Higher Education
Carly Sitrin | March 27, 2019 | Education
Long-terms goals include making college more affordable, keeping talent in New Jersey, and giving students a stronger voice
Colleges Put Cannabis Studies on the Curriculum
Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | March 27, 2019 | Education
In New Jersey and elsewhere, students seek a leg up in all aspects of an industry that’s expected to soar high
2017-2018 School Report Cards Track Police Involvement in Incidents
Colleen O'Dea | March 21, 2019 | Education
Violence and bullying most prevalent incidents. More than 150,000 instruction days lost statewide due to student suspensions
Group May Head Back to Court over Lack of NJ School Desegregation
Colleen O'Dea | March 20, 2019 | Education, Social
A lawsuit filed last year claims residency rules are to blame for lack of diversity in New Jersey public education
Spelling Out How School Funding Formula Needs to Be Overhauled
Carly Sitrin | March 15, 2019 | Education
New report says so many things have changed since formula was created a decade ago that big adjustments are needed, including more money for special education
Latest Attempt to Rate NJ Schools Is Now Public
John Mooney and Colleen O’Dea | March 13, 2019 | Education
State education officials are again assigning a numerical grade — from 1 to 100 — to schools, based on achievement and other factors. Check out our searchable database
HS Graduation: Commissioner, Principals Discuss Key Issues
NJ Spotlight | March 12, 2019 | Education, Roundtables
‘We are moving away from PARCC, and we are doing it methodically,’ Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet tells NJ Spotlight roundtable
Winners and Losers Seen in State School-Aid Numbers
John Mooney, Colleen O’Dea and Carly Sitrin | March 8, 2019 | Education
Nearly 370 districts will be seeing some increase in aid; another 200 will lose out
Defining the Diploma: NJ’s 21st-Century High School Graduate
John Mooney | March 7, 2019 | Education, Roundtables
What should high school in New Jersey accomplish for students and communities? Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet joins the first of a four-part series of roundtables on the state of our education
Details Of What Budget Means for New Jersey’s Schools
John Mooney | March 6, 2019 | Budget, Education
A look at the specifics of a spending plan that boosts aid to districts by more than $200 million and pre-K funding by $68 million
Effectiveness of Personalized Learning Program in NJ Questioned
Jill Barshay | The Hechinger Report | February 28, 2019 | Education
Results highlight debate over how to measure what’s working in the classroom when kids are learning different things
Assembly Pulls PARCC Bill in Response to Worried Calls from Parents
Carly Sitrin | February 26, 2019 | Education
Mothers and fathers jump on unclear language that makes it sound as if more than one exam can be administered to high school students
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
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