Governor asks state watchdog to examine state university’s flagging finances
New Jersey City University has spent down its reserves, accumulating millions in debt amid enrollment declines.
Bill requiring schools create threat assessment teams now law
The teams will be responsible for identifying students who pose a risk of violence or other harm.
Teens in N.J. can work longer summer hours under new law
Teens can now work longer shifts during the summer months under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law in the midst of the busy shore season. The legislation (A422) allows 16- and 17-year-olds to work up to 50 hours a week — up to 10 hours each day — when they aren’t in school. […]
N.J. colleges would be required to mandate COVID-19 vaccine under new bill
Many New Jersey colleges already require some students and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but a new bill would require colleges to do so.
Bills aim to revamp testing requirement for high school juniors
Lawmakers have tried for years to get rid of the testing requirement, saying the exam does not accurately reflect a student's ability.
More summer working hours for teens under new bill
With school almost out for summer and employers still struggling to hire workers, lawmakers are moving a bill they hope would help businesses by making it easier to have teens on staff. The measure (A4222) would extend the hours a minor can work to a maximum of 50 hours a week and simplify the process […]
Bills to protect N.J. schools from threats advance in Assembly
Two weeks after 19 children and two teachers were slaughtered in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, lawmakers in New Jersey are taking steps they say will ensure the state’s public schools are protected. The Assembly Education Committee advanced three bills Thursday that would require more training for school security officers, provide law enforcement with maps of […]
Students would learn media literacy under bipartisan bill
Teachers and librarians urged lawmakers Thursday to advance a bill that would require all grades to learn about information literacy, which supporters say would help students “gauge the legitimacy of online sources.” Information literacy, they said, helps students how to spot red flags online, check for first-hand sources, and research based on facts and data, […]
Governor Murphy renews call for more gun control following Texas massacre
In the wake of the deadly attack at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy again urged action on legislators to advance a stalled package of gun control measures. His proclamation follows a similar call issued last week after 10 people were killed by a white supremacist gunman in Buffalo. Tuesday’s attack left 21 […]
Public school enrollment dropped 18K since start of pandemic, state data shows
Enrollment in New Jersey’s traditional public schools fell by about 18,000 in the two years since the pandemic led to school closures and other classroom disruptions, according to new enrollment data from the state Department of Education. The losses came in the state’s urban centers and suburban districts alike. In October, Passaic reported 800 fewer […]
Assembly panel advances curriculum transparency bill
Discussion at an Assembly education committee hearing Thursday on a bill that would require schools to post health curriculum online devolved into a shouting match over the state’s new sex ed standards, with critics warning the standards are not age-appropriate. The heated hearing came after a similar outcry erupted at a Senate meeting last week […]
Proposed constitutional amendment takes aim at school redistricting
While a Superior Court judge weighs whether New Jersey schools are unconstitutionally segregated, two Republican lawmakers want to amend the state constitution to bar the kind of school redistricting experts say could help desegregate schools in the Garden State. Sussex County Assemblymembers Hal Wirths and Parker Space introduced a proposed constitutional amendment last week that aims […]