Assembly gets an earful on improving public higher education

By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer

Public higher education in New Jersey badly needs changes to become more affordable, accessible, and successful, legislators were told Wednesday during a hearing at Rowan University.

Ten students were the last to testify on a series of issues.

“Right now, New Jersey is in a higher-education crisis.,” said Jalina Wayser, a Rowan student studying political science and sociology.…

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The Newark School Reform Wars

The city has a new mayor with a progressive mandate, but its schools are reeling from the market-based reforms Cory Booker introduced.

By Owen Davis

Every time Newark shows up on the national radar—from Cory Booker’s celebrity turn to Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Ras Baraka’s victory in the mayoral race earlier this month—its schools have been in the spotlight.…

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Newark enrollment: Charter schools popular for elementary, district for high school

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger

In the first round of the universal enrollment program, Newark parents preferred charter schools for their elementary students, but they favored the district high schools over charters for grades 9 through 12, according to new information from the district.

School officials notified parents earlier this month of the decisions in the universal enrollment program, a key piece of the controversial One Newark school reorganization plan.…

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