N.J.’s school segregation lawsuit returns to court this week

BY: - March 2, 2022

A lawsuit hinging on a study that found New Jersey schools are some of the most segregated in the country will return to the courtroom this week, with plaintiffs hoping for a major shift in state policies regulating where children attend school. The lawsuit claims New Jersey’s requirement that public school students attend schools in […]

N.J.’s school mask mandate to stay in place until next week

BY: - February 28, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy is not lifting his mask mandate for schools early, despite new guidance from the federal government that says students in places like New Jersey may not have to wear masks indoors. The Murphy administration said Monday it will keep March 7 as the end date for required masking in schools and child […]

Teachers ask legislators for solutions on short staffing

BY: - February 24, 2022

For two years, school officials have sounded the alarm over veteran teachers burning out because of short staffing, the impact on education when teachers have more than 20 students in one classroom, and the plummeting number of college graduates pursuing a career in education.  On Tuesday, educators met again with lawmakers on the Committee for […]

Rutgers to provide free tuition to undergrads from low-income families

BY: - February 21, 2022

Thousands of Rutgers University students will benefit from a new financial aid program slashing out-of-pocket costs of tuition and fees for families with incomes below $100,000.  The program, dubbed Scarlet Guarantee, will be available to first- and second-year students on the school’s New Brunswick campus beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. Rutgers officials expect 7,600 students […]

Mixed reviews for Gov. Murphy lifting schools mask mandate

BY: - February 7, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy’s mask mandate for students and teachers will end next month, Murphy said Monday, an announcement that elicited cries of “finally!” from Murphy’s loudest critics even as some of the governor’s supporters label the move cowardly. Murphy characterized his lifting of the mandate as a return to “normalcy” as the number of COVID […]

Bill would create state division to study school desegregation

BY: - February 4, 2022

The Senate Education Committee advanced a bill that would create a new division to study and find solutions to segregation in New Jersey’s schools Thursday. The measure, which cleared the committee in a 3-2 vote along party lines, would create a Division of School Desegregation within the Department of Education that would be tasked with […]

Gov. Murphy signs flurry of bills just before second term begins

BY: and - January 19, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a controversial law Tuesday that will allow New Jersey police officers to review their own body-camera footage before writing incident reports. Reformers fought the measure, fearing it would enable officers to omit details the camera didn’t capture and thereby evade accountability. Police unions pushed for it, saying it would improve the […]

New Monmouth assemblywoman sets sights on pandemic recovery

BY: - January 18, 2022

In the uproar over the pandemic’s impact on schools, there may be no more dreaded place to be than on a school board. Parents have packed meetings to demand or reject masking, vaccine mandates, and virtual learning. They’ve protested and threatened school board members. Sometimes, the police even get called. But Vicky Flynn was happy […]

Legislature approves bills to address school staffing issues

BY: - January 11, 2022

Lawmakers approved two bills Monday intended to help schools struggling with continuing staffing issues amid a new, highly-transmissible coronavirus variant. One bill (A5576), passed unanimously by both chambers Monday, would allow retired teachers to return to the classroom through the 2022-2023 school year and still collect their pensions. Another measure (S4203) would eliminate the requirement […]

Senate passes bill requiring schools to teach history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

BY: - January 11, 2022

Students in New Jersey schools next year will learn about the history and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, if Gov. Phil Murphy signs a bill the Senate passed unanimously Monday. Activists who have pushed for such representation in school curriculum applauded the Legislature for its “bold and timely leadership” at a time when New […]

Teachers, school officials plead for solutions for schools during COVID

BY: - January 7, 2022

Teachers, school nurses, principals, and their advocates vented for nearly two hours to the Senate Education Committee Thursday, saying they are stretched beyond their limit because of COVID-19. Teachers are taking on the responsibilities of cafeteria workers and custodians. Schools can’t retain educators. And everyone is growing more worried about remote schooling’s impact on learning […]

Parents confused, angry over school disruptions

BY: - January 6, 2022

Since returning from winter break Monday, North Plainfield students have attended school on a half-day schedule. Steven Rudyz’s son — who tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining — gets one hour of online schooling daily. Arlene Chuisano has three children in Sayreville schools, and kept her two sons home after they tested positive. But […]