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Thousands may not graduate in New Jersey after exit exam changes

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Education, National, New Jersey, News  /  No Comments

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Recent changes to New Jersey graduation requirements led to more than 10,000 students using an appeal process in which a portfolio of a student’s work determines if they are able to graduate. That’s at least a five-fold increase over last year’s graduating class, and includes only school districts that complied with a settlement requiring the […]

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After Puerto Rico’s collapse, is your city or state next?

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

TREASURELESS ISLAND: Puerto Rico faces empty coffers, heavy debts, and a dwindling ability to pay.

With short-term budget troubles and colossal long-term debt, Kentucky, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, in particular, are much closer to the basket case economic condition of the Caribbean territory on the Mercatus fiscal health index than they are to states such as Texas, Missouri, Florida, or Nebraska, where budgets are balanced and public pension systems may yet be salvaged.

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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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