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$1 Toll Hike Will Fund Major Capital Upgrades on Delaware Memorial Bridge
Carly Sitrin | February 14, 2019 | Transportation
Governors of New Jersey, Delaware sign off on resolution to pay for safety, infrastructure improvements on one of the most heavily traveled links in Northeast
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
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
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
New Jersey Employers Search for Straight Answers on Cannabis in the Workplace
Carly Sitrin | January 24, 2019 | More Issues
Medical marijuana raises more questions than answers about drug tests and employee rights, while full-blown legalization seems like an invitation to lawsuits and court cases
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
Profile: The Right Stuff to Take Camden’s Schools to Next Level — and Beyond
Carly Sitrin | January 17, 2019 | Profiles
Acting Superintendent Katrina McCombs already has plans in place to address Camden’s myriad problems — from gang violence to trauma — but she also needs the top spot
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
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
Decrying It as ‘Policing for Profit,’ Critics Want Reform of NJ’s Civil Asset Forfeiture
Carly Sitrin | December 13, 2018 | Social
Cash, cars, boats, guns, big stuff, small stuff: Detractors say it’s all fair game for law enforcement in New Jersey even if the owners are never charged with a crime
‘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
The A to Z of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in NJ — Any Day Now
Carly Sitrin | November 26, 2018 | Social
The state Legislature is set today to take up, and possibly vote on, a comprehensive bill that would make recreational use of cannabis by adults legal in the Garden State
Unsafe at Any Speed: How NJ’s Unscrupulous Used-Car Dealers Hurt Consumers
Carly Sitrin | November 21, 2018 | Social
Hiding behind legislative loopholes in the tristate area, multidealer locations get away with scams and fraud and sometimes far worse
If Sweeney Wants to Legalize Pot, He’ll Need NJ’s Mayors in His Corner
Carly Sitrin | November 15, 2018 | Politics
At League of Municipalities conference, it’s clear that getting votes for tokes is going to take more than just lining up legislators
Highlighting Women as Engineers of NJ’s Blue Wave
Carly Sitrin | November 9, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Members of grassroots groups highlight the thousands of hours of groundwork and advocacy they contributed to help flip congressional seats, say the work will go on
Even at 11th Hour, CD-11 Still Attracting Big Money, Names, Attention
Carly Sitrin | November 2, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Will first-time candidate Mikie Sherrill flip this district for the Democrats as they try to retake the House?
In CD-3 Debate, Allegations and Attacks Get in the Way of Issues and Answers
Carly Sitrin | November 1, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Republican incumbent Tom MacArthur and Democratic challenger Andy Kim make it clear they don’t like each other, but don’t bring much clarity to substantive questions
State Superior Court Hears Arguments in Lawsuit over School Testing
Carly Sitrin | October 30, 2018 | Education
It could all come down to interpretation of a few words in case concerning replacement of old high school graduation exams with PARCC assessment
National Focus Is on CD-11, but Voters Want Answers to Policy Questions
Carly Sitrin | October 29, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Out-of-state endorsements are piling up for 11th Congressional District candidates. Voters pinpoint issues they want Sherrill and Webber to address
Where Do MacArthur, Kim Stand on Issues that Matter to Voters in 3rd District?
Carly Sitrin | October 19, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
NJ Spotlight readers in 3rd Congressional District list their priorities. The big items: campaign finance, healthcare, taxation
Setting Out to Fix Major Flaws in the Way New Jersey Funds Higher Education
Carly Sitrin | October 16, 2018 | Education
Lawmakers and administration embark on reorganization to make college more affordable and to improve access and equity
Billed as a National ‘Litmus Test,’ Debate in CD-11 Stays Close to Home
Carly Sitrin | October 11, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Democrat Mikie Sherrill and Republican Jay Webber keep their composure while facing off on federal tax reform, healthcare, student debt, infrastructure — and more
11th District Leans Red but Democrats Think Sherrill Can Flip It to Blue
Carly Sitrin | October 2, 2018 | Elections 2018
Democrats are fighting hard to chalk up a win in this affluent district as they try to take control of the House of Representatives in next month’s election
NJ Legislature Unanimously Approves Tougher Sexual Harassment Policy
Carly Sitrin | September 28, 2018 | Politics
New policy specifies mandatory anti-harassment training for lawmakers, applies to staff, lobbyists, journalists — virtually all those doing business in State House
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