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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
Buoyed by Hometown Crowd, Booker Promises, ‘America, We Can’t Wait’
John Mooney | April 13, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Newark speech kicks off senator’s national ‘Justice for All’ campaign, with his characteristic impassioned oratory
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
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
Murphy’s ‘Computer Science for All’ Initiative Off to Modest Start
John Mooney | January 31, 2019 | Education
Governor announces first $2 million in grants for high-tech program will be divvied up among 29 school districts
Fine Print: Auditor Questions Oversight of Camden’s Renaissance Schools
John Mooney | January 29, 2019 | Education
Second audit finds gaps in enrollment and hiring at fast-growing hybrid charter schools
In Answer to Governor, Fellow Democrats Hold Back But Republicans Don’t
John Mooney | January 16, 2019 | Politics
Nevertheless, members of governor’s party signal resistance to his critical evaluation of the state’s tax-incentive programs for business
Top Reports: How Fair Is School Funding in NJ Compared to Other States?
John Mooney | December 27, 2018 | Education, Winter 2018
The answer, it seems, is fairer than most. Only Wyoming matches New Jersey on key criteria
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
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