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Why Poverty, Disability Are Baked into Student Test Scores

Monday, March 18, 2013

WNYC

Starting next year teachers in New Jersey are going to be held accountable for how much their students learn, as part of Governor Chris Christie’s teacher tenure reform plan. At least a third of their evaluation will be based on how much they raise test scores on the NJ ASK – New Jersey’s standardized test. But some question whether the use of standardized tests fairly reflects how well teachers are doing their job.

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Sandy Charities Track Record a Mixed Bag

Friday, March 15, 2013

WNYC

The tracking of charities is spotty and there's no way to know exactly how much has been donated. But at least half of the donations surveyed has yet to reach storm victims.

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Report: Grand Jury Investigating NJ Sen. Menendez

Friday, March 15, 2013

A federal grand jury in Miami is reportedly investigating New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez over his role in advocating for the business interests of his friend Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor who's a major contributor to Menendez.

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Christie Comment Alienates Host

Thursday, March 14, 2013

WNYC

The African American pastor who hosted Governor Chris Christie's town hall this week has asked the Governor to apologize for his comments about Democratic Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver.

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Christie Urban Strategy Has Perils

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

At a town hall in Paterson -- only the second out of 102 to be held in an urban church, Gov. Chris Christie criticized Speaker of the Assembly, Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) for blocking his school voucher bill.  Oliver called the comments a racial provocation.

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In Hunt for Votes, Christie Amps up Voucher Talk

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

WNYC

Never one to shy away from a fight, Gov. Chris Christie told the mostly African-American crowd at a town hall in Paterson that one of their own was failing them by not supporting public funding of vouchers for private schools. He called out Speaker of the Assembly Sheila Oliver, and now she says it was inappropriate to discuss her race.

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Fight Brewing Between Towns and State Over Utilities’ Taxes

Monday, March 11, 2013

For years, Trenton has been diverting millions of dollars in local property payments due to municipalities from gas and electric utilities to close state budget gaps.

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Policing Takes Center Stage at Cory Booker State of City Address

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

To a crowd of about 500 people, Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced that after years of difficult but necessary budget cuts, Newark can start investing again.

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Inside the K-Street Trade Group Where Menendez's Influence Meets Washington Money

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

WNYC

A Senate ethics probe into the relationship between Senator Robert Menendez's and a Miami doctor and major campaign donor is bringing additional scrutiny to Senator Menendez's formidable campaign finance operation and his sphere of influence.

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Special Education Expansion Brings Challenges, Hope to Newark School

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Hechinger Report

Quitman Street Renew School is one of seven buildings that are the focus of plans to improve the Newark public schools. One of it's new programs has brought an influx of special education students, which raises concern that a school with so many kids with high needs will make it hard for the school to pass it's state tests.

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Flood Insurance Claims Delayed and Diminished

Friday, March 01, 2013

WNYC

Many New Jersey homeowners badly-affected by Sandy are still struggling to repair their damages and rebuild.  But thousands who filed flood insurance claims months ago, have yet to receive the money they need to pay for that work. That's causing a lot of finger pointing from Trenton to Washington.

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FEMA Aid Deadline for NJ Approaches

Thursday, February 28, 2013

WNYC

The deadline for New Jersey residents who suffered losses from Sandy to register with FEMA for disaster assistance or apply for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration is Friday.

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NJ Governor Christie Proposes $32.9 Billion Budget

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proposed a $32.9 billion budget Tuesday that allows more poor residents to enroll in Medicaid and increases public school aid but defers property tax rebates for three months to cover a projected budget shortfall.

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Christie Agrees to Expand Medicaid in NJ

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of uninsured, low-income residents in New Jersey could soon be covered by President Obama's healthcare overhaul, now that Governor Chris Christie is endorsing an expansion of Medicaid coverage in the state.

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Atlantic City's Revel Casino Declares Bankruptcy

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Governor Chris Christie is putting a positive spin on the bankruptcy filing by Atlantic City's newest casino and hotel. The New Jersey governor says the filing actually shows confidence in Revel because investors are exchanging debt for stock in the company.  

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Lautenberg, Senate's Oldest Member, Says He Will Retire

Friday, February 15, 2013

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg announced to supporters in his hometown of Paterson, N.J., on Friday that he will not seek reelection to a sixth term next year, when he turns 90.

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Ongoing Questions in Menendez Saga

Monday, February 11, 2013

WNYC

Questions continue to dog New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez about his relationship with his friend and campaign donor, Doctor Salomon Melgen.

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Paterson Silk Strike Remembered in Sleepy NJ Suburb

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

WNYC

Hidden away in the quiet New Jersey suburb of Haledon, N.J., a stately Victorian home is the epicenter of a movement to remember a big labor victory in the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913.

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Menendez Ethics Review Could Take Months

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

WNYC

The Senate Ethics committee is looking at whether Senator Bob Menendez acted improperly when he failed to disclose gifts from a political donor who is under investigation by the FBI.

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Mixed Reviews for Wanding in Newark Schools

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

WNYC

Metal detectors and security guards have been part of high school life in New Jersey’s largest city for more than 30 years. And students are pretty happy about it.

 

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