NJ State Retiree Prescription Copays Reduced

The State Health Benefits Design Committee reached an agreement that copays will be reduced or eliminated depending on the classification of the drug and the type of plan in which the member is enrolled for the period from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 and will return to 2012 rates as a baseline for negotiating new plans for 2016.…

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As Newark school budget calls for layoffs, union fights back

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — A top union official criticized today a proposal from Newark Public Schools to base any teacher layoffs it makes for the next school year on performance instead of seniority alone.

“The proposal is just another scam in getting what she really wants: the destruction of tenure, seniority and collective bargaining,” Newark Teachers Union’s operations director John Abeigon said referring to Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson.…

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Newark School Budget Not as Explosive, But Fireworks Still Appear Likely

No school closings planned, but hundreds of teacher and administrative layoffs seem likely under $990M spending plan

By John Mooney

One year after a controversial reorganization of Newark’s public schools, Superintendent Cami Anderson’s budget for the next school year calls for no further school closings or consolidations, at least for now.

But don’t expect smooth sailing ahead.…

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PARCC: In unanimous vote, N.J. Assembly says schools should accommodate opt outs

Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — Students who don’t want to take the PARCC exams should be able to attend regular classes or work on other school activities during testing, according to New Jersey’s Assembly.

A bill (A4165) requiring schools to accommodate students refusing the state’s standardized tests passed the Assembly 72-0 this afternoon.…

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Fine Print: New Charter School Study Praises NJ Gains, Draws NJ fire

Stanford researchers find significant gains for New Jersey urban charters over district schools

By John Mooney

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The quote: “Charters undersubscribe the poorest students and oversubscribe the less poor, but CREDO treats those kids as matched anyway,” wrote Bruce Baker, a Rutgers University professor who has been among the most prolific critics. “Charters undersubscribe high-need special-education kids and oversubscribe mild learning disabilities, but CREDO treats those kids as matched.…

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