John Mooney

NJ Spotlight

John Mooney appears in the following:

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.


Getting Out the School Board Vote in the Garden State

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

While the presidential election in November is getting all the headlines, another landmark vote will be taking place on November 6 that is struggling to grab people's attention.


NJ Schools Prepare to Implement New Teacher Evaluations

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Jersey’s plans for having a statewide teacher evaluation system in place by 2013-2014 goes full throttle this year, with every school district in the state being required to start putting the key pieces in place.


The Life and Death of Newark's Eighteenth Avenue School

Friday, September 07, 2012

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After more than 130 years in Newark’s Central Ward, the Eighteenth Avenue School didn't open its doors to new and returning students on Thursday.


Newark School Renovation Project Greeted With Kudos and Criticisms

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A year ago, the Wilson Avenue School in Newark was the poster child for many of New Jersey's city schools -- after it was socked by the winds and rains of Hurricane Irene and forced to close for four months before students could return.


Christie Administration Looks to Outside Experts for School Turnaround Strategies

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

As the Christie administration considers its options for how to improve the lowest of the state’s low-performing schools, it will be leaning heavily on a group out of Washington, D.C., that is finding itself more and more in the education limelight.


Compromise, Caffeine and Trade-Offs: Behind NJ's New Tenure Reform Bill

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

With the signing yesterday of New Jersey’s new teacher tenure law, there was the expected fanfare about the stakeholders and bipartisan efforts that went into crafting the final bill.


NJ Ed Commish Goes His Own Way on Charter Regulations

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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The Christie administration is moving ahead with new regulations for charter schools, jumping ahead of the Legislature and its plans to take up the issue — and maybe a whole new law — in the fall.


Court Rules NJ Schools Have Some Power Over Students After Hours

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

One of the trickier tasks for schools is deciding where they can draw the line in controlling and disciplining their students for misbehavior, even when it happens well off school grounds or outside school hours.


Opposition to Online Charters Heats Up State BOE Meeting

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The State Board of Education on Wednesday got an earful on the Christie administration’s push for charter schools and other so-called innovations, both pro and con, some quite public and some a bit quieter.

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Facebook Fund Releases Wish List for Newark Public Schools, Charters

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Foundation for Newark’s Future, the fund created from Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark public schools, will soon commit approximately $15 million to the city’s charter schools -- nearly doubling its overall outlay so far.


Prominent Lawmaker Seeks to Slow Down NJ's Virtual Charters

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

As students continue to sign up for New Jersey’s first experiments with online charter schools, one leading legislator is asking the state to slow down.

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Camden Opens New Chapter in Christie Education Reform Agenda

Thursday, May 17, 2012

What with its size and Facebook fortune, Newark gets all the press. But Camden is quickly becoming ground zero south for the Christie administration’s push for education reform.


NJ Launches Evaluation Pilot for School Principals

Friday, April 20, 2012

A year into New Jersey’s teacher evaluation pilot, the Christie administration is moving on to the next job to go under the microscope: the school principal.


Spring’s No Break for Tuesday’s School Vote Holdouts

Monday, April 16, 2012

The sudden move this winter by a vast majority of New Jersey school districts to November elections has drawn much of the public’s attention, but don’t tell that to a handful of districts still heading to the polls this Tuesday.


NJ Puts New Labels on Schools for Test Scores, Graduation Rates

Thursday, April 12, 2012

With No Child Left Behind essentially off the books, welcome to New Jersey’s new age — and labels — for school accountability.

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Preview of Gov. Christie's Budget

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

John Mooney, founding editor of, looks ahead to this afternoon's budget address by New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.

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NJ Given Chance to Move Beyond No Child Left Behind

Friday, February 10, 2012

With the Obama administration Thursday waiving New Jersey from No Child Left Behind, the state was in effect given the green light for its own plan for how public schools will be monitored, assisted, and in the case of those that don’t improve, overhauled and potentially shut down.


Finger-Pointing Precedes Teacher Contract Talks in Newark

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The last time negotiators for the state-run Newark Public Schools met with the district’s teachers union, the $100 million Facebook gift was not yet national headlines and Superintendent Cami Anderson was still an administrator in New York City schools.

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NJ Loses Superintendent of Year to NY

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A month after being honored on the floor of the state Senate, New Jersey’s school superintendent of the year is headed to New York, another consequence of the Christie administration’s cap on school administration salaries.