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Newark School Superintendent Cami Anderson, second form left, welcomes students to the first day of classes at Peshine Avenue School in Newark, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill)

Arbitrator rules Newark teacher must be rehired, given back pay

NJ Spotlight Amid all the debate surrounding her tenure as state-appointed leader of New Jersey’s largest school district, Newark schools Superintendent Cami Anderson has taken special pride being…

Appeals court rejects challenge to blended learning

NJ Spotlight Online learning in New Jersey’s charter schools got a boost from the courts yesterday, but so did the debate over how much innovation the state should…

Camden RFP for renaissance schools pulls in some big names

NJ Spotlight Camden‘s quest to build more renaissance schools under the Urban Hope Act has attracted some more big names from the charter movement. The state-operated district last…

Report demonstrates continuing value of preschool for New Jersey’s poorest kids

New Jersey Spotlight One of the common questions raised about preschool is, “Do the benefits really last?” According to a report to be released today, the answer is in…

New Jersey schools largely choosing the same teacher evaluation model

New Jersey Spotlight As New Jersey public schools get ready for next school year’s newly mandated teacher-evaluation system, a majority of them are opting to use a…

Charter school battles continue in New Jersey

New Jersey Spotlight In what is becoming an annual ritual in towns across New Jersey, another charter school is running into local resistance. This latest skirmish, being fought…

New Jersey report cards will measure more than just the ABCs of student performance

New Jersey Spotlight New Jersey’s school report cards are still a month away, but planning is well along for changes in what data will be reported to the…

Online testing is heading to New Jersey schools

New Jersey Spotlight The future of state testing is starting to be felt in New Jersey’s school districts, as schools push to get up to speed with the…

New Jersey schools trying out test score data in teacher evaluations

New Jersey’s first effort to correlate student test scores to individual teachers quietly began this month, as nearly a dozen districts were sent data that does exactly that. The new…

Should students grade their teachers?

With all the debate in New Jersey and elsewhere about evaluating teachers on how well their students perform, another idea is starting to surface that could prove equally provocative: judging…

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