New Jersey

An advisory panel to the New Jersey board of education has recommended that poor rural school districts be considered for designation as “special needs” districts, a move that could obligate the state to provide for those rural systems intensive support similar to what it gives its poorest urban districts.
June 22, 2005 – Education Week (Web)
Your article “New Jersey Pilot Effort Targets Needy High Schools” quickly and elegantly showcases what the New Jersey Department of Education and the Education Law Center, the Newark-based advocacy group that represented the poor districts in the Abbot v. Burke school finance case, are best at: planning.
June 15, 2005 – Education Week
New Jersey has announced a pilot program to improve middle and high schools in its poorest districts, an extension of a widely watched effort that for the past seven years has focused largely on preschool and elementary school children.
May 18, 2005 – Education Week
Jack Kocsis Jr. resigned last week as the the chairman of the New Jersey School Construction Corp., the agency that oversees the state’s $8 billion construction plan for needy districts.
May 18, 2005 – Education Week
Four New Jersey school districts filed an administrative complaint April 27 against the state department of education, saying that they are not getting enough aid to cover their growing enrollments.
May 4, 2005 – Education Week
It was an ending to teachers’ contract talks that only cockeyed optimists in Middletown, N.J., would have been likely to predict a year ago: praise for both sides, hugs all around, and an agreement ratified more than two months before the current one expires.
May 4, 2005 – Education Week
Orthodox Jewish students from New Jersey will be able to compete in the National High School Mock Trial Championship next month without violating their Sabbath.
April 20, 2005 – Education Week
The champions of New Jersey’s high school mock-trial competition say that they are being forced to choose between their Jewish religion and a chance to win the national tournament.
April 13, 2005 – Education Week
New Jersey Secretary of State Regena L. Thomas has apologized to students at a Roman Catholic school for remarks made in a speech this month.
March 30, 2005 – Education Week
New Jersey’s new inspector general has instructed the state’s school construction agency not to issue new contracts unless she has approved them.
March 23, 2005 – Education Week

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