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|   5
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|   7
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|   1
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 […]
Nanny State of the Week: Jail time for texting while walking in New Jersey
Nanny State of the Week: Jail time for texting while walking in New Jersey
Eric Boehm | March 28, 2016|   258
A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban texting while walking.
A grave injustice? New Jersey’s ban on headstone sales takes effect
A grave injustice? New Jersey’s ban on headstone sales takes effect
Eric Boehm | March 25, 2016|   67
Religious institutions in New Jersey are no longer allowed to sell grave markers, thanks to a new state law that took effect this week.
‘More like Marine Corps than common core’
Amelia Hamilton | March 21, 2016|   3
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 […]
Trump son-in-law parlays Chinese cash into luxury apartment tower
Trump son-in-law parlays Chinese cash into luxury apartment tower
Kenric Ward | March 09, 2016|   85
While Donald Trump says America “loses” to China, his family uses the U.S. immigration system to collect millions of dollars from Chinese nationals seeking American green cards.
New Jersey OKs 3 new charters, expansion of 16 existing ones
John Bicknell | March 01, 2016|   6
Three new charter schools have been approved in New Jersey and 16 existing schools will be allowed to expand, NJ.com reports. The moves will push the total number of charter schools students in the state past 50,000, even as another 10 proposed charter school expansions were rejected. NJ.com has the full story.
In advance of big storm, New Jersey lifts licensing laws for shoveling snow
In advance of big storm, New Jersey lifts licensing laws for shoveling snow
Eric Boehm | January 20, 2016|   2.4K
Just days ahead of an expected blizzard on the East Coast, New Jersey has officially repealed a nonsensical rule banning the shoveling of snow without a license.
Three-headed cartel adds to the high cost of dying
Three-headed cartel adds to the high cost of dying
Eric Boehm | January 12, 2016|   64
The cost of living is always going up, but it’s the cost of dying that no one seems to talk about. Ask Joshua Slocum, executive director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, a Vermont-based organization that favors a more open market for funeral providers and their recently deceased customers. Slocum can tell you that the high cost of [...]