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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, right, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, center, during the closing session of the National Governors Association convention Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, right, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, center, during the closing session of the National Governors Association convention Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Governors group skirts ‘radioactive’ Common Core

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government's intrusion into the classroom.

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Lawmaker: Education funding in NJ needs to change

For more than two decades how New Jersey funds education has been the subject of litigation. Many education advocates accuse Gov. Chris Christie of underfunding schools, but others argue the money being spent isn't being spent wisely. The ranking Republican on the Assembly Budget Committee thinks it's time to revisit the issue.

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NJ School Classes to Be Revised Under Bill [POLL, AUDIO]

Do you think visual and performing arts courses should be equally important as math and science classes? A pair of New Jersey lawmakers are co-sponsoring a bipartisan measure to make it a requirement.

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New School Testing Underway [AUDIO]

Students in hundreds of schools across the state have been participating in a test run of the new assessment exam that should officially launch during the next school year.

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Kindergarten Is Not Mandatory in NJ [POLL/AUDIO]

Like a lot of people, Assemblyman Charles Mainor had no idea that kids in the Garden State do not have to go to kindergarten. Mainor and a trio of other Assembly members have introduced a bill to force children to go to kindergarten and to lower the age at which they have to start attending school.

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NJ Bill Looks at Extended School Day, Year [POLL/AUDIO]

Gov. Chris Christie isn't New Jersey's only politician interested in extending the school day and school year. Democratic state lawmakers have been touting legislation with the same goal.

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NJ Voters Approve $116 Million in School Construction

Voters in 11 of 13 New Jersey school districts have given the green light to $116.1 million in school construction. Of the amount approved yesterday, $50.1 million is eligible for school construction aid.

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School Construction Goes to Vote in 13 NJ Districts

School construction referendums will be at the forefront in 13 districts in New Jersey Tuesday where voters will decide whether or not to fund items ranging from roof replacements to security improvements.

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NJ Closing 2 Charter Schools, Renewing 10

New Jersey officials have told two charter schools that their charters are being revoked and they will be closed at the end of the academic year.

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NJ Cities to See Small School Aid Increases

Urban school districts in New Jersey are in line for smaller state aid increases by percent than many suburban schools under a new plan from the state Education Department.

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