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NJ Lawmakers Strike Deal on Teacher-Tenure

A New Jersey Assemblyman says a deal is in place to resolve differences between two versions of a bill to make teacher tenure harder to earn tenure and easier to lose.

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Governor Christie Loves The Higher Ed Merger Plan [AUDIO]

Legislators in both the Assembly and State Senate are pressing ahead with legislation that calls for Rutgers, Rowan and UMDNJ to merge, even though no one is sure how much the move will cost.

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The Student Loan Crisis: Is There Any Hope? [AUDIO]

Millions of young people continue to wrestle with the huge problem of student loan debt. A former Jersey Director of Consumer Affairs says he has an idea that might help.

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NJ Lawmakers Aim to Stabilize Environment for Special Needs Kids

Students suffering from developmental disabilities would have more stability in the classroom under a bill that's cleared the Assembly Education Committee.  The bill would direct the State Board of Education to create regulations requiring school districts to develop a plan to establish stability in special education programming.  The plan would take into account the consistency of location, curriculum and staffing in special education programs.

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Longer School Days Approved by NJ Assembly Panel [POLL/AUDIO]

A measure advanced Thursday by the Assembly Education Committee could put a scare in even the most eager and successful New Jersey students.

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NJ Teacher Tenure Bill Clears Assembly Committee [AUDIO]

A New Jersey legislative committee for the first time has advanced a bill that would make teacher tenure more difficult to get and easier to lose.

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Spelling, Writing Skills Damaged by Technology [AUDIO]

Is the ability to write and spell well a dying art?   One expert warns we may be allowing technology to replace skills that we should sharpen for school and careers.

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NJSBA Urges State to Put Brakes on Cyber-Charters

The New Jersey School Boards Association is calling on the state to wait until comprehensive guidelines are established before considering the approval of applications for virtual charter schools.

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Are NJ Schools Overrun with Advertisements?

Schools nationwide are feeling the pinch and many districts are using advertising as a way to control costs.  While the idea hasn't taken off completely in New Jersey, we are seeing more local businesses putting their names on football field scoreboards and in yearbooks across the state.

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American Kids Get “Third-World Education,” Says Romney [VIDEO]

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney says American children are getting "a third-world education" because the system is failing them.

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