Latest NJ Education News – May 1, 2014

Tenure charges filed against custodian whose cigarette lit inferno at James Monroe Elementary
Loyd Nelson,
EDISON – Tenure charges have been filed against the custodian at James Monroe Elementary School in Edison charged with starting the fire that destroyed the building in March.

NJ education officials release 2015 school funding levels for all districts
Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
TRENTON — New Jersey education officials released school aid figures today that show K-12 school funding would need to grow by $1 billion to meet the formulas spelled out in the 2008 School Funding Reform Act.

Students at Newark’s West Side High School protest teacher firing: report
By Star-Ledger Staff
NEWARK — The firing of a popular teacher was met by an afternoon protest by students at West Side High School, News 12 New Jersey is reporting.



School-Aid Formula Numbers Released by State Add Up to $1 Billion Funding Shortfall
John Mooney | May 1, 2014 | Education
Notices sent to districts bolster those who accuse Christie administration of ignoring legal mandate 3 Comments


Another State Task Force, Another Look at Special Education in NJ
John Mooney | April 30, 2014
Governor appoints panel authorized in wake of reports citing lack of consistent quality and standards in programs for kids with disabilities


Against Backdrop of Contention, State Releases Anderson’s Bonus Payments
John Mooney | April 29, 2014
State-appointed superintendent of NJ’s largest school district consistently hits majority of her targets


State Testing Sees Growing Movement of Families Planning to Opt Out
John Mooney | April 21, 2014
Confusion abounds about what happens next for those refusing to take standardized exams


Fine Print: State Lays Out Guidelines for Complying with New Dyslexia Law
John Mooney | April 25, 2014
Memo to school districts gives details of requirements for screening children, training teachers and staff


NJ Charter Schools: A Conversation About Their Place in Our State
John Mooney | April 15, 2014
In a special audio report, NJ Spotlight’s John Mooney discusses some of the problems and possibilities presented by charters


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