In Blasting Camden Superintendent, Union Leader Reveals His Agenda.

How does Camden teacher union president Keith Benson feel about Camden Superintendent Katrina McCombs? He’s “very much encouraged” by her long tenure in Camden City


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When Union Power Goes Too Far: The Case of Sasha Latham

This piece is part of an ongoing series: Is the Teachers Union Too Powerful in New Jersey? Two years ago, with some trepidation, Sasha Latham (not


We Are Failing Our Black Children with Disabilities. Here’s How to Change That.

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McKenna: After A Full Year of School Closures, Have Suburban NJ Districts Lost Parents’ Trust?

Laura McKenna is a New Jersey parent of two teenage boys, one currently studying at Rutgers University and the other a high school student with

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Camden Superintendent Receives Outpouring of Support From Local Leaders

Below is a letter from 21 Camden City leaders who are voicing their support for Camden Schools Superintendent Katrina McCombs. They note the “tremendous growth”

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Montclair Mayor Is Incoming President of Teachers Union, Presents Conflict of Interest

Two days ago a news bulletin appeared on the website of New Jersey Education Association: Marie Blistan, current president, is not running for re-election and

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The Historical Case for Teachers Unions

This piece is part of an ongoing series: Is the Teachers Union Too Powerful in New Jersey?   I grew up with a soundtrack of

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Launching a New Series: Is the Teachers Union Too Powerful in New Jersey?

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Murphy: In September All Schools Will Be in-Person With No Option for Remote Instruction

At today’s COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that all schools must be full-time in-person in September with no option of virtual learning. In answer

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Murphy Wants School Buildings to Reopen but What Happens if the State Can’t Repair Them?

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Data Point: As Newark Charter Enrollment Increases, All Schools Rise

Just several weeks after New Jersey earned a spot at the top of national rankings for public education, a new Stanford University study shows that Newark

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It’s a “Big F**king Deal,” Says President Biden. How Will New Jersey Spend $2.8 Billion to Rescue Our Schools?

How high an investment is the Biden Administration making in K-12 schools through the American Rescue Plan? Choose your descriptor: From President Biden’s “big f-cking

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New Newark Student Learning Data: All Newark Students Rise, With Variations Among Charter, Magnet, and District

Today Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released an analysis of student academic performance in all Newark public schools, charter, magnet, and

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Lakewood Schools’ Lawyer Responds to Asbury Park Press’s Racist Photo Caption

Update: The NJ Globe just reported that Asbury Park Press has fired Gustavo Martínez-Contreras, who wrote the caption to the photo. In an editor’s note

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Camden Teachers Union President Erupts Over Ed Dept-Approved School Closures

A new petition on is demanding the resignation of Camden Superintendent Katrina McCombs. (Oddly, it doesn’t use her name but refers to her as 


Maplewood Parents Create a Garage School!

While some North Jersey families are filing lawsuits and holding rallies to get schools to reopen, others are getting creative. I spoke to one parent,

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Assembly Ed Committee: Biden Administration Says ‘No’ But We’ll Say ‘Yes’

Yesterday the Education Committee of the New Jersey State Assembly unanimously approved Bill proposal 5374, sponsored by Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt, Mila Jasey, and Joann Downey.


This District Wants To Shut Down a Public Charter’s Expansion. District Parents Don’t Agree.

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Judge Orders Some South Orange-Maplewood Teachers Back to School

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LILLEY: Montclair Union President Has a Seat at the Table; Montclair Parents Do Not

A picture is indeed worth a thousand words, and this one of NJEA Vice President/Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller and Montclair Education Association (MEA) President Petal


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SCOOP: Today NJ Education Department Will Urge State Board to Cancel Meaningful Assessments

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JAMES: You Do Not Need Permission to Demand Better Public Schools

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South Orange-Maplewood Schools Explains Latest Mediation Drama to Families

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