New Jersey school choice advocate: Caps hold students back
Amelia Hamilton | November 30, 2016
“The program is stagnant,” said Valarie Smith of the N.J. Interdistrict Public School Choice Association. “We’ve been trying to work with the state for the last year, but the caps are holding the districts back.”
New Jersey parents want to end last-in-first-out for teacher layoffs
New Jersey parents want to end last-in-first-out for teacher layoffs
Heather Kays | November 16, 2016
To the casual observer, a law requiring layoffs of competent teachers while ineffective teachers stay employed might not seem like it is in the best interest of students. Enter the state of New Jersey, where the law requires exactly that. So six parents from Newark filed a lawsuit this month challenging the constitutionality of the state’s […]
Outlook for lame-duck action on online gambling gets fuzzier
Outlook for lame-duck action on online gambling gets fuzzier
Johnny Kampis | November 11, 2016
“He’s trying to stop online gambling because he wants people to go to Vegas and his hotel and gamble down with him,” Williams said. “I don’t begrudge him that, but just don’t use the federal government to try to get legislation passed to protect your own interests.”
Court rejects Dems’ poll-watching case against GOP
Court rejects Dems’ poll-watching case against GOP
Kenric Ward | November 07, 2016
In a hyper-partisan poll-watching case, a federal judge denied a Democratic Party bid to sanction the Republican National Committee on Election Day eve.
In double standard, Dems sue GOP over poll monitoring
In double standard, Dems sue GOP over poll monitoring
Kenric Ward | November 03, 2016
A court ruling that outlaws “ballot security” efforts by the Republican National Committee gives the Democratic National Committee free rein to run its own election-watch operations. Under the decree, the RNC must obtain the Democrats’ approval before training and placing poll watchers or conducting other forms of election-integrity operations.
Nanny State of the Week: New Jersey’s great leaf-blowing war
Nanny State of the Week: New Jersey’s great leaf-blowing war
Kevin Glass | October 24, 2016
Fall brings temperate weather, changing colors, falling leaves and — if the nannies in New Jersey have anything to say about it — backbreaking labor.
Is New Jersey prosecutor combining cases to protect asset forfeitures?
Is New Jersey prosecutor combining cases to protect asset forfeitures?
John Crowe | October 03, 2016
Jermaine Mitchell was given two bad options. Allow the government to keep the $171 dollars seized from him during an arrest, or lose an additional $4 dollars if his appeal to get the money back proved successful. When Mitchell was arrested in April and charged with multiple counts of possession and distribution of narcotics, Jersey […]
Thousands may not graduate in New Jersey after exit exam changes
Thousands may not graduate in New Jersey after exit exam changes
Heather Kays | June 17, 2016
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 […]
Why this Newark public school teacher chose a charter for her child
Amelia Hamilton | May 17, 2016
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 […]
Charter schools flex political muscle in Newark
Amelia Hamilton | April 25, 2016
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 […]