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UPDATE: After Murphy’s ‘Strong Recommendation’ on Masking, Are Districts Changing Policies?

Yesterday Gov. Phil Murphy “strongly recommended” that people wear masks indoors. His public statement came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued

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COMMENTARY: From Bridgewater to Newark, Parents Are Demanding Virtual Options. What If We Listened?

In June Gov. Phil Murphy decreed that this September all schools must provide in-person full-time instruction and the days of virtual learning are over. “I

Opinion

MCKENNA: Is Autism a Normal Human Variation or Freddie Kruger? Wisdom From a Mom

Laura McKenna is an education writer based in New Jersey. You can find her here (www.lauramckenna.com). This article was originally published at Laura McKenna’s Substack newsletter.

Opinion

LILLEY: New Jersey Teacher Union Dues Are WAY Higher Than Any Other State

NJEA’s member dues are the highest in the nation – by a long shot.  For the 2020-21 school year, EIA reports that NJ teachers paid

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Camden News

At This Summer Program in Camden, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye, who grew up in New Jersey, is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia,

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BREAKING: Murphy Flips on No-Masks-Indoors Rule as Teacher Union Leaders Call For Masks in Schools

Uh oh. Just two months after Gov. Phil Murphy announced that masks would no longer be required indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commentary COVID-19

COMMENTARY: From Bridgewater to Newark, Parents Are Demanding Virtual Options. What If We Listened?

In June Gov. Phil Murphy decreed that this September all schools must provide in-person full-time instruction and the days of virtual learning are over. “I

Opinion

MCKENNA: Is Autism a Normal Human Variation or Freddie Kruger? Wisdom From a Mom

Laura McKenna is an education writer based in New Jersey. You can find her here (www.lauramckenna.com). This article was originally published at Laura McKenna’s Substack newsletter.

Newark News

With Newark Homicides Rising, District Equips Mostly-Black Schools with Gunshot Detectors

Newark Public Schools, responding to a doubling of homicides in the city compared to the same time last year, is installing a technology called ShotSpotter

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Monroe Superintendent Quits While School Board Member Denies Systemic Racism

It’s hard to know what goes on behind the scenes between school boards and administrators; they tend to work out disagreements behind closed doors in

COVID-19 News

Latest from Murphy on Masks in Schools

On Wednesday President Joe Biden said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would most likely advise that K-12 schools mandate masks in September

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This NJ School District Will Pay a No-Show Employee $1.1 Million

Last week we reported that New Jersey school administrator Nicholas Sacco, who retired five years ago from his position as North Bergen School District director

Opinion

LILLEY: New Jersey Teacher Union Dues Are WAY Higher Than Any Other State

NJEA’s member dues are the highest in the nation – by a long shot.  For the 2020-21 school year, EIA reports that NJ teachers paid

Camden News

New Study: Camden Public Charters Have a ‘Funding Gap’ for Students With Disabilities

A new report out today from the University of Arkansas looks at the funding of students with disabilities in charter schools in 18 cities, including

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Special Education Parents in Elizabeth Speak Out: ‘We Have Been Snubbed and Shunned’

Maria Lorenz is a parent leader in Elizabeth, NJ and the mother of two boys. She has completed her SPAN Resource Parent Training and her

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District Lawyer’s Salary of $700K Is the Only Thing That’s Not ‘Thorough and Efficient’ in Lakewood

In a blow for Lakewood’s public school students and a loss (sort of) for district administrators, Department of Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan just ruled that

Asbury Park News

Tempers Rising in Asbury Park: Broken AC, Staff Suspensions, and Community Unrest

Frustration is mounting in Asbury Park among parents, staff members, and residents . Here’s a round-up of what people are telling me. Right now it’s

COVID-19 News

Parents: Do You Know You Can Have Your Child Repeat a Grade?

Last month Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that permits parents, guardians, and any other person having custody over a child in grades K-8 to

NJ DOE Opinion

LILLEY: Gov. Murphy Takes Care of His NJEA Pals Over Kids in Poor School Districts. Where Is Mark Weber and

NJ Ed Report published an excellent report yesterday about how the NJEA’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is sending unqualified teachers to teach in high-poverty

Camden News

New Report: Camden Students Are Closing Gaps in Reading and Math

Advocates for Camden City students are cheering the results of a new report, commissioned by Camden Education Fund and conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s

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NJEA PAC Endorses Phil Murphy and Steve Sweeney

Today the New Jersey Education Association PAC endorsed Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney for re-election in November. The Murphy endorsement surprises no

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Sources Confirm Murphy Placates Teachers Union by Placing Unqualified Teachers in Schools

Last week a brave staff member at the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) allowed me to publish his commentary on the New Jersey Center

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It’s Good To Be The King (Especially If You Bank Your Sick Days)

Nicholas Sacco has many titles: Mayor, state Senator, New Jersey school administrator. And, upon retirement, Sacco’s multi-pronged career is proving quite lucrative. According to news

Opinion

 5 Ways a Therapy Dog Can Make a Difference for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Lauren Martini, Occupational Therapist  at The Phoenix Center (an accredited non-profit, private school that serves nearly 140 students ages 5-21 with autism, multiple disabilities, behavioral