John Mooney

NJ Spotlight

John Mooney appears in the following:

School Funding Formula Becomes Leading Issue In NJ Governor's Race

Friday, October 29, 2021

Republican candidate Jack Ciattarelli has made attacking the state's complex algorithm for doling out money to public schools a regular feature of his stump speech.


Gov. Murphy Compromises on In-School/Remote-Only Fall Reopening

Thursday, August 13, 2020

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The governor is letting districts decide if they can safely offer in-person classes, but his compromise puts him squarely at odds with the NJEA


NJ Releases Guidance for School Reopening Plans

Friday, June 26, 2020

New Jersey schools will reopen for in-person instruction in the fall as long as the state's COVID-19 trends don't worsen.

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NJ School Funding Formula Threatens Layoffs, Programming Cuts for Some Districts

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Gov. Phil Murphy's Administration is actually increasing school funding statewide, but an adjustment in the funding formula has some districts scrambling ahead of proposed budget cuts.

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Christie’s New Plan For the Kids

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

With Governor Christie's new plan to give each school district the same amount of state aid, NJ Spotlight’s John Mooney discusses the proposal aimed at alleviating property taxes.

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Crowdsourcing New Jersey Immigration Stories

Friday, March 04, 2016

The editors of NJ Spotlight talk about their plan to expand coverage of immigration issues in N.J. and take listener suggestions for stories.


Departure of Newark Schools Superintendent Marks End of Tumultuous Period

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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Cami Anderson's exit is not a complete surprise, but the question remains whether she was pushed out or chose to leave on her own.


Once a Backer, Christie Now Opposes Common Core

Monday, June 01, 2015

NJ Gov. Christie announced a review of federal Common Core standards, despite earlier support of the standards. NJ Spotlight's John Mooney discusses what's behind his change of heart.

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Christie Calls for End to Common Core Standards in NJ

Thursday, May 28, 2015

After years of supporting the national standards, the Republican governor now says the system isn't working for New Jersey students.


15 Percent of NJ 11th-Graders Opted out of PARCC Tests

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Elementary schools see higher participation rates than middle and high schools.


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

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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 dete...


Newark Schools Chief Wants Teacher Performance Included in Layoff Criteria

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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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 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, 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...

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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.