Segregation in New Jersey

Laura Waters, education writer for, shares with us her insights on how New Jersey is one of the most segregated states in the nation.

Equity in Education from Education Roundtable on Vimeo.


Ethics in Education

Ethics in Education

Anthony J. Gray, Esq., President and CEO of Institute for Global Ethics shares his thoughts on Common Core and standardized testing. He also delves into the story of Princeton University neuroscience professor, Dr. Michael Graziano. His six year son had a disability called apraxia, but Princeton Public School educators accused the first grader of sexual deviancy.

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Education Reform in Newark NJ

Newark, NJ, embarked on education reform that allows parents to choose a school from a network of traditional public schools and charter schools. The network of schools is called One Newark, and parents utilize a web based system to select the school of choice for their children. The Superintendent of Newark Public Schools is hand selected by the governor of New Jersey. Currently, Cami Anderson is the superintendent, and she has faced much opposition from parents and educators. John Mooney, founder and education writer for, discuss Newark, NJ’s education reform.

Education Reform in Newark, NJ from Education Roundtable on Vimeo.

Common Core Math Standards



The Common Core’s math standards focus on the objective of depth of understanding and ability to solve problems in multiple ways. On the subject of math facts, the Common Core directly state fluency goals for first graders.


Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).


However, the Common Core does not state how to achieve it. Commonly and traditionally, rote memorization and timed assessments dominate schools across the United States as the approach to teaching children fluency in math facts. Schools use popular programs like Rocket Ship Math, which give timed assessments. However, new research from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics find that timed assessments are actually detrimental to students. Board Member of NCTM, Dr. Jennifer Bay Willliams, PhD, of University of Louisville and Gina Garza-Kling of Western Michigan University wrote an article entitled “Assessing Basic Fact Fluency” in the journal Teaching Children Mathematics.

On Wednesday, May 29, 2014 at 7pm, Dr. Bay Williams and Ms. Garza-Kling will discuss their research in highly effective methods of teaching fluency. Please watch by going to





Education Roundtable is now syndicated

Education Roundtable is now syndicated in New Jersey. The first show to be syndicated interviews John Mooney, founder and education writer of We discussed the topic of One Newark, a education reform program in Newark, NJ, lead by Superintendent Cami Anderson. Facebook’s Mark zuckerberg contributed $100 million to Newark’s education reform, but one of the strings attached is that Governor Chris Christie, Commissioner Chris Cerf and Superintendent Cami Anderson needs to stay in leadership roles. With the departure of Commissioner Education Chris Cerf, Facebook’s money is now in question. The show also discusses teacher seniority, charter schools’ academic outcomes and other pertinent reform issues. The show is currently broadcasting this week on Princeton TV (

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7pm (Eastern)
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7am (Eastern)
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 7:30am (Eastern)

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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