Newark Superintendent In the Hot Seat
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by Laura Waters
23h ago
At least one Newark school board member is demanding answers from Superintendent Roger Leon on two points related to the the district’s plan to repurchase and renovate a long-abandoned school building, the State Street School, which the district wants to turn into a museum. First, at a recent public board meeting Leon said the cost to redo the building was ten dollars when, in fact, it was $4.5 million. Second, the district appears to have failed to follow the rules set by New Jersey Local Government Contracts Law that requires school boards to bid out any project that will cost more than $4 ..read more
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STATEAIDGUY: The Teacher Shortage Has Little To Do With Criticism of Public Schools
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by New Jersey Education Aid
1d ago
In the last few years as districts in New Jersey and the United States have had increasing difficulty finding qualified teachers, one argument many people in education make is the teacher shortage is a casualty of the “culture wars,” i.e., conservative criticisms of teacher unions, individual teachers, and curriculum. People within public education say that conservative criticism of teacher unions and public schools is an “attack on public education.” Even criticisms that are not directly against teachers or teacher unions, like accusations of what is taught in history or criticisms of mat ..read more
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Ocean City Schools Wants Dorothy to Come Home
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by Laura Waters
1d ago
Families who send their children to Ocean City Public Schools must sometimes feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, who says, when she lands in Munchkinland, “people come and go so quickly here!” That seems to be the drill for the revolving door of superintendents. The school board, which is responsible for fewer than 2,000 students, is getting ready to hire its fifth new superintendent since 2021. What is responsible for this chaos? It’s the school board, according to Robin Shaffer, a former board member, although it’s not the members’ fault. While the district is tiny—the size of some high ..read more
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SCHNALL: NJ’s Bullying Epidemic Demands More School Choice
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by Guest Contributor
2d ago
Assemblyman Avi Schnall, a Democrat, represents the 30th Legislative District, which includes parts of Monmouth and Ocean counties. This first appeared in Asbury Park Press. The deeply unsettling surge in bullying incidents within New Jersey’s public schools demands urgent attention and action. The article reveals a disturbing reality: bullying incidents in New Jersey schools have quadrupled since 2018, and one in five students nationwide reported being victims of bullying between 2014 and 2019.The implications of these statistics are not just numbers; they represent real children suffering ..read more
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New State Aid Numbers Out! How Much Is Your District Getting?
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by Laura Waters
2d ago
This afternoon the New Jersey Department of Education released the dollar amounts of how much each school district will get in state aid for Fiscal Year 2024-25. Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed FY2025 budget allots $11.6 billion in direct aid earmarked for public school districts. Four hundred twenty-two districts will see increases, 137 will see cuts, and 15 won’t see any changes. The district with the largest increase is Newark, which will gain more than $101 million for its annual budget of about $1.3 billion. The district with the largest decrease is Long Branch, which will lose $10.4 millio ..read more
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Lakewood Will Bus Jackson Students To Its Private Schools
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by Laura Waters
2d ago
In the summer of 2016, Sen. Robert Singer sponsored a bill to create the Lakewood Student Transportation Authority (LSTA), which would be responsible for transporting Lakewood’s surging population on non-public school students to multiple ultra-Orthodox day schools. Since then LSTA has been going strong (albeit not without some griping from locals about its lack of accountability). How strong? As Haredi families move to nearby towns, Jackson Township Public Schools is signing on with LSTA to bus its 4,800 non-public school students to Lakewood yeshivas. They won’t be the last district to do ..read more
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Public Charter Students in Plainfield Inducted Into Prestigious Leadership Program
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by NJER Newsroom
2d ago
Queen City Academy Charter School (QCACS) is proud to announce that three of its outstanding high school scholars have been invited to participate in the prestigious National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) program at Union College (UCNJ). This recognition underscores the exceptional academic and leadership qualities these remarkable students possess that surpass the high school level. “As participants in the early college program at Queen City Academy Charter School, each of these scholars demonstrated remarkable dedication to their studies and have excelled in both high schoo ..read more
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Is Murphy Right To Say We Have the Best Schools in the Nation?
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by Laura Waters
3d ago
Yesterday, in a press release from the Governor’s Office, Gov. Phil Murphy touted his $56 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2025, which includes almost $12 billion for schools. This record-high allocation, he says, represents his “commitment to maintaining New Jersey’s status as the best-in-the-nation public school system.” We hear this claim a lot in the Garden State, from Murphy, from his DOE Commissioners, from NJEA leaders. However, as NJ Education Report readers know, while NJ performs really well, it’s hardly the “best-in-the-nation,” especially if that plaudit includes measures ..read more
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Newark’s Gateway U Kicks Off Training for Aspiring Teachers
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by NJER Newsroom
3d ago
A group of aspiring teachers took their first steps to getting certified as New Jersey educators last week at Gateway U’s Newark campus.  The aspiring teachers currently work in area public schools as paraprofessionals or other support positions and aspire to become certified teachers, which would open new employment opportunities for them and support their economic mobility. The teacher certification process in New Jersey is onerous and expensive, requiring candidates to pass multiple high-stakes exams costing hundreds of dollars out of pocket. Gateway U’s teacher pathway program was c ..read more
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NJEA Leaders Praise Murphy’s ‘Progressive’ Budget
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by NJER Newsroom
3d ago
Today, Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled his fiscal year 2025 budget, which includes unprecedented full funding of SFRA, New Jersey’s school funding law. It also features a fourth consecutive full pension payment, preschool expansion, and additional steps toward addressing the educator shortage crisis in New Jersey’s public schools. NJEA’s officers, President Sean M. Spiller, Vice President Steve Beatty and Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson, issued this statement: “For the seventh year in a row, Gov. Murphy has proposed a progressive, fiscally responsible budget that prioritizes the needs of child ..read more
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