By Matthew Arco
PATERSON – Gov. Chris Christie told Paterson residents that failing public schools and lawmakers unwilling to enact change in the state’s education system are robbing New Jersey’s urban students of a future.
Garnering applause as well as sharp criticism from at least one town hall resident who shouted at Christie to “fix our public schools,” the governor told residents the very lawmakers who represent urban districts are the ones harming their constituents. (more…)
Revamped evaluations, which don’t apply only to teachers, prompt questions from principals association about criteria
All of the attention paid to the Christie administration’s roll-out of the new teacher-evaluation system has been on how New Jersey teachers will be judged, but equally critical will be how the system judges the judges: school principals.
The new evaluation system – renamed “Achieve NJ” on the eve of a public campaign starting this week – was outlined in new proposed regulations released last week by the state Department of Education. (more…)
By Lamaur Stancil
VERO BEACH — Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker won’t mince words about the educational level of the schools in his city more than a decade ago.
“It was a disaster in terms of serving the genius of our children,” Booker said Monday before taking the stage at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series. “Our schools were failing to empower them. I’m paying the cost of a failing education system through my courts, through my police and through my prisons. It goes on and on.” (more…)
Most recent deal could be last major victory as election year looms
Gov. Chris Christie clearly placed education at the top of his priorities from the day he was elected three years ago, making his very first stop a Newark charter school and promising a host of reforms to come. (more…)
Talk during first half of discussion centers on tight deadlines facing districts
As part of its ongoing Roundtable Series, NJ Spotlight on Saturday hosted a panel discussion on New Jersey’s efforts to overhaul the way school districts evaluate teachers, principals and other staff.
NJ Spotlight’s third such event on the topic – held at Rutgers-Newark before about 100 people — was the first since Gov. Chris Christie this summer signed a new tenure law that raises the stakes for educators on how they fare in those evaluations. (more…)
New Jersey’s education commissioner told hundreds of school board members Tuesday that they, like the state, have to think of new ways to be more effective because money alone is not solving educational problems. (more…)
A spokeswoman for the state Education Department declined to comment. The district’s interim superintendent, Reuben Mills, and the president of the Camden Board of Education, Kathryn Blackshear, did not return telephone calls.
A past effort shows the parents may have a tough time convincing the courts if Cerf’s response is deemed inadequate. (more…)
They say children’s education is suffering, future jeopardized
CAMDEN — The mothers of three students have asked the state Department of Education to find new schools outside the failing district immediately for their children.
Citing DOE studies and the comments of Education Commissioner Chris Cerf, the students’ lawyers assert that Camden schools are among the worst in the nation and students lose time in their academic life as long as they have to attend them. (more…)