- ‘It has become very messy.’ How N.J.’s push to reopen schools devolved into chaos.
- > Aug 12, 7:46 AM: Nobody said reopening 584 school districts for 1.4 million students would be easy. But New Jersey’s push to require every school offer at least some in-person instruction has devolved into a chaotic spectacle that
- NJ’s Powerful Teachers Union Says Remote Learning This Fall
- > Aug 12, 6:20 AM: New Jersey’s largest teachers union along with its administrator associations added their powerful voices to the growing calls for a remote-only reopening of schools in the fall while the pandemic remains ongoing.
- Reopening classrooms is an ’impossibility,’ N.J. school district says as 375 teachers refuse to return.
- > Aug 11, 7:35 AM: One of New Jersey’s largest school districts says starting the school year with in-person classes is a “mathematical impossibility” because 375 of its teachers will not return to the classroom because of coronavirus
- Eight North Jersey Catholic schools to close permanently due to COVID-19 pandemic
- Aug 5, 7:18 AM: They join a growing list of Catholic school closures, including 10 announced by the Newark Archdiocese just months ago.
- Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families
- Aug 4, 6:48 AM: New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have received mixed grades from the families who lived it.
- NJEA sounds alarms: Teacher union, Gov. Murphy at odds over reopening schools
- > Jul 31, 7:40 AM: It’s almost back-to-school time. But we’re still waiting for a schedule. Marie Blistan, who commands more than 200,000 teachers and staff as the head of New Jersey’s state teachers union, knows this. She feels it in her
- Commentary: Police Reform Wasn’t the Only Big Change in Camden
- Jul 20, 8:16 AM: While word has gotten out about Camden’s successful police reforms, its similarly successful school reforms have received considerably less attention in the mainstream media.
- Newark Leads Nation in Schools That Outperform Peers, Study Finds
- > Jul 10, 6:10 AM: A recently released report commissioned by the New Jersey Children’s Foundation has found that out of 50 cities studied, Newark is a national leader in schools that help students outperform statistical predictions based on
- New Jersey offers ‘bridge’ year for high school students to make up for class time lost in coronavirus pandemic
- > Jul 9, 7:12 AM: A new “bridge year” pilot program will allow some New Jersey high school students to stay behind for an extra year to make up what they missed when schools were shut down abruptly by the coronavirus.
- N.J.’s takeover of Newark schools is officially over — 25 years later
- > Jul 2, 7:00 AM: Finally. Officially. No more procedural steps. No more maybes. New Jersey’s takeover of Newark Public Schools formally ended Wednesday, almost 25 years to the day that the state stripped local control from its largest
- Catholic schools were already in financial trouble. Coronavirus pushed some over the edge.
- > Jun 24, 7:10 AM: But the economic shockwaves generated by the coronavirus outbreak have forced schools in previously stable financial positions to say they too will not reopen. For hundreds of students, that makes their March departures —
- Budget cuts and half-filled classrooms: Newark’s largest charter school network is bracing for a challenging year
- Jun 19, 7:04 AM: With fears of a possible coronavirus resurgence this fall, Newark’s largest charter school network is planning for a new school year unlike any other.
- Op-Ed: We Must Take Stock of Schools’ Response to COVID-19
- > Jun 12, 6:36 AM: Fifty-two public charter schools, which together serve more than 36,000 students, completed a survey designed to identify what’s working, what isn’t, and what support they need to better serve New Jersey’s students during
- Newark Families Can No Longer Switch Schools On Their Own, Must Request Transfers
- > Jun 2, 6:28 AM: In the past, parents who were dissatisfied with their children's assigned schools could independently transfer to schools with open seats using the online enrollment tool. The revamped system that launched this school year
- Her Newark High School Helped Get Her to College. Can It Keep Her on Track During the Pandemic?
- Jun 1, 8:06 AM: If there was ever a moment when striving college students like Samani Ford most needed the extra support of ‘KIPP Through College,’ it is now.
- NJ students: Reaching students via a virtual platform
- May 29, 7:08 AM: Administration and teachers at Saint Helena School in Edison began researching early on how teachers could effectively reach students in a virtual platform.
- A different kind of home schooling: Newark students, teachers adjust to online learning
- > May 28, 6:57 AM: At Newark Charter School, high school and junior high school students have Chromebooks, and most teachers are recording lessons for students to watch and holding “office hours” over Zoom for students who have questions or
- NJ teachers union calls for end to in-person student evaluation, citing health risks
- > May 27, 8:00 AM: The teachers union representing teachers at the Lakewood Public School District says the school district is jeopardizing the health of teachers and students by requiring teachers to perform in-person evaluations of
- Opinion: Newark Voters Just Elected Their First Full School Board Since State Control Ended.
- > May 26, 6:21 AM: Now, two years after the state returned control of schools to the district, the voters of Newark have elected the first board since 1995 to have complete authority. And its members represent a compromise among Baraka, his
- Tens of Thousands of NJ Students Still Can't Get Online for 'Remote Learning'
- > May 11, 7:45 AM: Roughly 100,000 New Jersey students still lack internet access and even more need a device to log on for school work. With remote learning lasting through at least June, millions of dollars in federal emergency funds could
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