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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
School Elections: There Was More on Tuesday’s Ballot than the Midterms
John Mooney | November 9, 2018 | Education
In 500-plus districts across the state, voters weighed in on who would take seats on school boards. In districts with referenda, spending on security was the dominant issue
Charter Schools: Where Does Murphy Administration Really Stand?
John Mooney | October 10, 2018 | Education
That’s the big question no one knows the answer to as a major state review of the growing movement gets underway
PARCC Peace Breaks Out: Compromise Is Reached on High School Testing
John Mooney | October 4, 2018 | Education
Commissioner Repollet and State Board of Education agree on fewer tests, more flexibility. Questions remain
Repollet Hits ‘Pause’ for Charter Schools, Rejects Latest Two Hopefuls
John Mooney | October 3, 2018 | Education
Education commissioner turns down new charter schools for Trenton and Jersey City, as Murphy administration readies major review of the sector
Governor Punts on PARCC as Fate of Controversial School Test Still Unclear
John Mooney | September 19, 2018 | Education
Murphy maintains his opposition to the ‘high-stakes’ exam but defers to state education commissioner on whether and when it will be replaced
Conflict Continues Over What It Should Take to Graduate High School in NJ
John Mooney | September 17, 2018 | Education
State wants to give students option of more than one type of test to graduate, but debate is strong over consequences, unintended and not
In Surprise Move, State Board Tables Vote on Cutting Back PARCC
John Mooney | September 13, 2018 | Education
Board president and education commissioner say more discussion needed, but some wonder if there were enough votes to make the change
Law Requiring Minimum Recess in Elementary Schools Is Put on Hold
John Mooney | September 11, 2018 | Education
Years in the making, a new obligation for elementary schools to provide at least 20 minutes of recess daily won’t go into effect this year
Back to School in NJ Means Big Changes in Testing and Funding …
John Mooney | September 4, 2018 | Education
… and a potentially controversial push for district consolidation waiting in the wings
Sweeney Says It’s Time to Get Serious About Consolidating Schools in New Jersey
John Mooney | August 17, 2018 | Education
It’s not just about saving money, Senate President maintains, but delivering better education at a lower cost
What’s Going to Replace PARCC? It’s Complicated
John Mooney | August 2, 2018 | Education
State Board of Education debates value of standardized testing, draws no conclusions. Parents, educators weigh in
Big Changes to School Funding in NJ as Fragile Alliance Holds
John Mooney | July 25, 2018 | Education
New law to lessen disparities in aid, and governor promises every district will be fully funded by 2025
See How Much Your School District Is Gaining, or Losing, in ‘Redistributed’ Aid
John Mooney | July 16, 2018 | Education
There’s been a net increase of $350M in funding. Some districts are winners, but others are losers. Who wins, who loses?
PARCC Is on the Way Out, But Not Everyone Is Happy to See It Go
John Mooney | July 12, 2018 | Education
State board presented proposal to cut PARCC graduation requirements to just two tests, but some educators speak in favor of unpopular evaluation
Murphy Begins to Wind Down PARCC Testing in NJ Schools
John Mooney | July 11, 2018 | Education
Governor announces cuts in controversial program. But, having once promised to scrap it, he concedes it will take a while to replace it
‘Ecstatic’ Sweeney Wins Major Changes in School Funding
John Mooney | July 2, 2018 | Education
Governor agrees to consequential adjustments to state’s school funding law for which Senate President has long campaigned
Education Legislation: It’s Not Just About School Funding
John Mooney | June 26, 2018 | Education
Bills advancing in the State House address a variety of issues, from recess, seatbelts, and sexual abuse to helping private schools meet payroll for STEM teachers
Fine Print: School-funding changes easily pass Senate and Assembly
John Mooney | June 22, 2018 | Education
But how long will they survive in budget battle with Murphy?
For Murphy, Changes to Funding Formula Depend on Revenues to Fund Them
John Mooney | June 21, 2018 | Education
Governor calls revised school-funding scheme a ‘nice-looking half a loaf,’ but suggests everything depends on lawmakers giving him the revenue he’s asked for
School-Funding Bill Clears Committee, Breaking One Logjam With Murphy
John Mooney | June 20, 2018 | Education
Proponents claim $9 billion measure puts state on road to full funding within seven years
Fine Print: Ruiz-Madden Bill Package Protect Students from Sexual Abuse
John Mooney | June 15, 2018 | Education
Hidden video catches union leaders saying they’d protect teachers
Closer to Compromise: Can Sweeney and Murphy Reach Closure on School Funding?
John Mooney | June 8, 2018 | Education
Both camps are reporting progress, without releasing any details, with the Senate president suggesting the sides may be ‘close’
Lawmakers Wrestle with Troubling Topic: Sexual Abuse at School
John Mooney | June 1, 2018 | Education
Joint session responds to videotape of union leaders dismissing claims of teacher misconduct, but struggles to determine what’s missing from current regulations
Envisioning the Future with Newark’s Roger León
John Mooney | May 31, 2018 | Education
In a far-ranging Q&A with NJ Spotlight, Newark’s new superintendent of schools touches on changes and challenges facing the state’s largest district
Newark Chooses One of Its Own to Serve as District Super
John Mooney | May 23, 2018 | Education
After more than two decades of state control of its schools, New Jersey’s largest city names Roger León to the top post
Putting Acting Commissioner Repollet’s Staff Picks in Perspective
John Mooney | May 11, 2018 | Education
As he names assistant commissioners, Repollet draws both on newcomers and on department veterans
What Do High Scores on NAEP Mean for Murphy’s PARCC Plans?
John Mooney | May 7, 2018 | Education
With NJ ranked at or near top on the Nation’s Report Card, some members of state board aren’t so sure PARCC needs to be scrapped
Paterson Starts on Long Road Back to Local Control
John Mooney | May 3, 2018 | Education
More than two decades after the takeover, state starts to review how it makes these critical decisions
Repollet Delivers PARCC Pitch and Plan to Educators
John Mooney | April 30, 2018 | Education
Acting education commissioner explains where the state is with the contentious test — and where it’s headed
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