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Why this Newark public school teacher chose a charter for her child

By   /  May 17, 2016  /  Education Blog, New Jersey  /  No Comments

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A veteran teacher with Newark Public Schools has written about why she sends her 13-year-old son to a charter school. “I have taught in Newark’s district schools for 17 years,” she writes. “Currently, I am in a school that works on behalf of the students. I would love to say that this is a consistent practice; but that is not […]

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‘Financial reality is not negotiable’: Puerto Rico bankruptcy could send dangerous signal to states

By   /  May 6, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, National, New Jersey, New York, News, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Puerto Rico defaulted on a $370 million bond payment on Monday, but a congressional restructuring of the territory’s debt could set a dangerous precedent for states.

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Charter schools flex political muscle in Newark

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Education Blog, New Jersey  /  No Comments

ARE SIGNS POINTING to an ouster of New Jersey's double-dipping sheriffs?

After a push to get charter parents registered to vote, school politics will never be the same in Newark. Nearly double the votes were cast in last week’s school board election compared with last year. “I’m hoping this election shows them we are here to stay,” said Kim Gaddy, charter parent and newly elected school […]

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Nanny State of the Week: Jail time for texting while walking in New Jersey

By   /  March 28, 2016  /  Issues, Nanny State of the Week, New Jersey, News, Regulations, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

DON'T TEXT AND WALK: Be aware of your surroundings, because texting while walking could land you in jail if one New Jersey lawmaker gets her way.

A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban texting while walking.

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A grave injustice? New Jersey’s ban on headstone sales takes effect

By   /  March 25, 2016  /  Issues, New Jersey, News, Power Abuse, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Religious institutions in New Jersey are no longer allowed to sell grave markers, thanks to a new state law that took effect this week.

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‘More like Marine Corps than common core’

By   /  March 21, 2016  /  Education Blog, New Jersey  /  No Comments

ARE SIGNS POINTING to an ouster of New Jersey's double-dipping sheriffs?

On Sunday evening, Sixty Minutes profiled St. Benedict’s Academy in Newark, New Jersey, a school where lives are changed. In a neighborhood beset by gang violence, St. Benedict’s gives boys — nearly all of them poor and minorities —  a path to success. The school’s graduation rate is 98 percent. Watch and read about the program […]

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