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Putting Faces to Students Aided by Free Tuition at Community Colleges
Carly Sitrin | June 20, 2019 | Education
Governor hopes to expand Community College Opportunity Grants to reach 18,000 students, but budget cuts could shrink program significantly
First International Baccalaureate Grads for Paterson School
Carly Sitrin | June 19, 2019 | Education
Forty participants in rigorous program are headed to schools like Columbia, Penn, Lehigh and NJ Institute of Technology
Charge that Taxpayer Funds to Defunct Charter Schools Can’t Be Traced
Carly Sitrin | June 17, 2019 | Education
Report claims shortcomings in federal accountability processes mean millions of dollars in New Jersey and billions nationwide cannot be tallied
Do HS Coaches in NJ Need Bill Guaranteeing Longer Contracts?
Carly Sitrin | June 11, 2019 | Education
Some winning high school coaches, including Hall-of-Famers, argue disgruntled parents have cost them their jobs — and gotten them blackballed
Lawmakers approve oversight for companies servicing student loans
Carly Sitrin | June 7, 2019 | Education
Retracing a step to help state residents get out from under a mountain of debt, now estimated at $43B
Governor and Lawmakers Diverge over Medical Marijuana Expansion
Carly Sitrin | June 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Legislators are working on a bill to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, but the Murphy administration already is a step ahead and has announced its own expansion plan
Frustration Aired over Slow Delivery of Library and School Bonds
Carly Sitrin | June 4, 2019 | Budget
Voters approved big bond funding for libraries and school-related issues; Murphy administration is blamed by some for delay in issuing regulations
Part-Time Lecturers Ratify New Contract with Rutgers
Carly Sitrin | June 3, 2019 | Education
Union leader says next step is a fight for healthcare benefits for the university’s part-time lecturers
A Longer Wait For Expansion Of Medical Marijuana Program
Carly Sitrin | May 31, 2019 | Healthcare
Last-minute amendments to bill that eases access under the state’s existing program will force a revote in the Assembly
Three GOP Hopefuls Eye Open Seat in Reliably Republican 25th District
Carly Sitrin | May 29, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Bergen, Barbarula, and Dunn spell out why they’ve got the skill-sets to join returning Assemblyman Anthony Bucco in Trenton
Assembly Easily Passes Bill to Expand NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program
Carly Sitrin | May 24, 2019 | Healthcare
Measure is expected to be taken up by the Senate within a week; it widens access, increases allowable quantities for patients and sets up oversight commission
Outsiders Take on Dems Lampitt and Greenwald in South Jersey’s District 6
Carly Sitrin | May 22, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Challengers were brought together by grassroots group that supported Bernie Sanders in 2016 and has been recruiting candidates to run for office
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
Marijuana Law Dies: What Now for Expungement, Investors and Medical Use?
Carly Sitrin | May 17, 2019 | Politics
After Senate President Sweeney decides to leave legalization of recreational cannabis to voters, there’s widespread confusion about what comes next
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
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
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
Call to Ban Tax Assessors From Moonlighting With Reval Firms
Carly Sitrin | May 1, 2019 | More Issues
State watchdog finds multiple cases of officials working for companies around time a municipality’s property assessment overhaul was underway
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
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
Explainer: How the SDA Was Built — and Became Scandal-Ridden
Carly Sitrin | April 15, 2019 | Explainer
New Jersey’s Schools Development Authority is mired in controversy over its CEO’s hirings and firings. But the SDA has a history of troubling activities
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
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
Up in Smoke: Why Bill to Legalize Weed Was Pulled from Legislative Agenda
Carly Sitrin | March 26, 2019 | Politics
Caucus reveals 21 requisite ‘yes’ votes couldn’t be mustered in the Senate, but measure’s sponsors and leaders say they’ll be back, perhaps as early as May
Explainer: This Is What’s in New Jersey’s Landmark Marijuana Bill
Carly Sitrin | March 21, 2019 | Explainer
Some lawmakers say they haven’t been given enough time to study measure that would legalize marijuana in NJ. Here’s a comprehensive analysis of its contents
Senate and Assembly Committees Vote Out Bill Legalizing Marijuana
Carly Sitrin | March 19, 2019 | Politics
Measure could come to floor vote next week, but some pols disturbed over irregularities during hearings, raise concerns about ‘good governing’
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