John Mooney

NJ Spotlight

John Mooney appears in the following:

Gov. Christie Flip-Flops on Common Core

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Governor Christie previously supported common core but now says he has "grave doubts" about the standards. NJ Spotlight's John Mooney explains what this means for education in NJ.

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Camden Public School Activists Up in Arms

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A bill working its way through the NJ Legislature has advocates angry about what they say is the privatization of their city's school district.


Feds Investigating Whether 'One Newark' Schools Initiative is Discriminatory

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NJ Spotlight

The U.S. Department of Education confirmed that it has opened a civil rights investigation into the controversial plan launched by state-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson to determine if it discriminates against African-American students.


Newark Schools Chief Wants Teacher Performance Included in Layoff Criteria

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NJ Spotlight

In an unprecedented move, Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson has asked Christie administration to waive seniority rules that dictate how planned teacher layoffs in the state-run district are to be conducted.


Newark Mayoral Candidates, Teachers Criticize Suspension of School Principals

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Newark's state-appointed superintendent is facing criticism for the suspension of four school principals who spoke out against her "One Newark" plan to reform the city's school district.

The principals have been suspended indefinitely after speaking out at a rally last week organized by mayoral candidate and Central High School principal ...


30 Issues: Garden State Higher Ed

Friday, September 27, 2013

It's Education Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

We follow up on a few topics in New Jersey education we didn't get to earlier this week with John Mooney of njspotlight.com: Chris Christie's higher education record, the controversial mergers and acquisitions at Rutgers, and the Barbara Buono charge that tuition at Rutgers has increased 10% under Christie.

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30 Issues: New Jersey Education

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's Education Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Today: Education policy in New Jersey, from Cory Booker's Newark record to Chris Christie's relationship with teacher's unions. Nancy Solomon, New Jersey Public Radio managing editor, and John Mooney, founding editor of njspotlight.com, discuss education in the gubernatorial and U.S. senate races in New Jersey.


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Debating Newark School Reform

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wednesday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brian Lehrer moderated a community forum on school reform issues in Newark and throughout the state of New Jersey. On today's show, hear analysis of the conversation from New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon and John Mooney of NJ Spotlight.

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Most Eligible Newark Teachers Take a Pass on New Bonus Program

Friday, January 04, 2013

As Newark’s landmark teachers contract begins to be implemented, only about 20 percent of district teachers who can opt to earn bonuses for exemplary evaluations and service in hard-to-fill slots have actually decided to do so.


Shifting NJ School Board Ballots to November Leaves Financing, Controversy Behind

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Moving New Jersey’s school board elections to November was expected to raise the stakes of these historically sleepy races, but at least in this first year, the money didn’t live up to expectations.


Renaissance Schools Get Board’s Go-Ahead in Camden

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A proposal to build up to five new “renaissance schools” in Camden under the fledgling Urban Hope Act passed a key hurdle early yesterday morning as the Camden school board gave the go-ahead to the controversial plan.


Newark Teachers Vote 'Yes' on Precedent-Setting Contract

Thursday, November 15, 2012

After a year of negotiations and three weeks of sometimes-brutal internal debate, Newark public school teachers and other staff ratified a historic labor agreement yesterday that will reshape pay and many rules for New Jersey’s largest school district.


NJ Schools May Face Influx of Students Displaced by Storm

Friday, November 09, 2012

It’s only a trickle so far, with most New Jersey schools just beginning to reopen this week, but Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath will likely mean a sizable number of children displaced not just from their homes but from their schools.


Appellate Court Upholds NJ Superintendent Salary Caps

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ever since Gov. Chris Christie in late 2010 imposed tight limits on school superintendent pay, there was the presumption that this issue would ultimately have to be decided in the courts.

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The Legal Question for Camden: What Constitutes a Toxic School?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Does a child attending a low-performing New Jersey school district -- arguably the state’s lowest-performing district -- have a constitutional right to pursue a better education elsewhere?


Facebook Foundation Turns Corner with Contribution to Newark Contract

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Foundation for Newark’s Future, the organization created to distribute Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark schools, hasn't exactly set the world ablaze.


Newark Teachers Contract, a Game-Changer for NJ's Often-Troubled School District

Friday, October 19, 2012

It is touted as a historic agreement, one that will remake how Newark teachers are judged and paid -- one that may even serve as a model for other school districts around the country.


Newark Teachers Reach Contract Deal

Thursday, October 18, 2012

NJ Spotlight

Two years in the making — two very public years, thanks to Facebook — and the Newark teachers union has reached a preliminary agreement with the Christie administration for a new contract that will include bonus pay and an unprecedented role for teachers to police and evaluate their peers.


NJ's Poorest Kids Are Missing Out on Breakfast

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

It’s a lesson that kids learn at a very early age: start every day with a good breakfast.


Cerf & Co. Deliver 'State of the Schools' Address

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It’s becoming an annual “State of the Schools” address, with the New Jersey's education commissioner and top lieutenants exhaustively outline the administration’s plans and priorities for the coming year.