In N.J., new administration giving ‘pause’ to charter schools

Maddie Hanna, The Inquirer

Murphy, a Democrat, named leaders of the New Jersey Education Association and American Federation of Teachers New Jersey among the cochairs of his education transition committee.

“We … need to make sure we’re not continually taking money out of the traditional neighborhood public schools, robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said Donna Chiera, president of AFT New Jersey.…

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More N.J. adults are flunking the GED. Here’s why.

By Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for

When test makers overhauled the GED nearly four years ago, they said the new computerized version of the high school equivalency test would be a better, more accurate exam than the old pencil-and-paper version.

But, fewer New Jerseyans are taking the GED — and significantly more are failing — in the wake of the 2014 makeover of the test, according to a new report by Rutgers University researchers.…

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Profile: Newark Interim Superintendent Could Be In For The Long Haul

John Mooney, NJ Spotlight

Robert Gregory rises through the school ranks as Newark regains local control


A teacher favorite? The Newark Teachers Union is no small player in the discussion, and its president John Abeigon said it is withholding judgment for now on the search process and any potential candidates.

“We’ll work with whoever they select,” Abeigon said yesterday.…

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Education Transition Report Released

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The transition committees released their reports today, including the Education, Access, and Opportunity Transition Advisory Committee, co-chaired by AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera.

“It was an honor to represent the voices of the dedicated professionals of AFTNJ in a new administration where these voices can be heard,” said Chiera. “I am pleased to see this administration has made it a priority to review the state’s charter schools system before moving forward with any expansion.…

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