New Jersey Education News

Here is the latest New Jersey education news from Nj.com and NJ Advance Media.

New Jersey Education News

N.J. schools can’t find bus drivers. This new bill could help, lawmakers say.

The bill would make it easier for districts and bus companies to hire drivers of small school vehicles. [Read more]

Hip hop icon named one of 6 Rutgers commencement speakers

Wawa's president, a state Supreme Court justice and a longtime educator who marched for civil rights will be among the other speakers at Rutgers University graduation ceremonies across the state. [Read more]

Exactly why an education task force would be helpful; Payroll tax is enforceable | Letters

Two candidates for mayor of Jersey City respond to criticisms in letters to the editor. [Read more]

N.J. podcaster nominated for top award for ‘Autism for Badass Moms’

The Monmouth County mom is a finalist for a Webby Award for her new podcast for fellow parents navigating life with kids with autism. [Read more]

‘She molested my daughter!’ Mom accuses teacher of assault at N.J. school board meeting.

The teacher sexually assaulted a 13-year-old in a middle school hallway in an incident caught on video, the mother alleged. [Read more]

Standardized tests don’t tell the story of Jersey City’s public schools | Opinion

"Instead of perpetuating a narrative of failure based on narrow metrics, let us celebrate the achievements and progress of our schools, our educators and our children," the author writes. [Read more]

The vandalization of Rutgers’ Islamic Center reminds us that we need to combat Islamophobia | Opinion

Universities have become ground zero for the weaponization of antisemitism to legitimize infringing on free speech rights. [Read more]

Following Secaucus schools chief’s suspension, athletic director tapped as acting superintendent

The Secaucus school board will vote on appointing Charles Voorhees as acting superintendent after suspending the prior superintendent without explanation. [Read more]

Mayor-backed slate appears to sweep race in N.J.’s biggest district

Four incumbents backed by Mayor Ras J. Baraka doubled their closest competitors, with 86% of districts reporting. [Read more]

N.J. school district’s residents vote to save courtesy busing

The outcome saves free transportation for approximately 1,600 students in Monroe Township, Middlesex County. [Read more]

So your kid has terrible handwriting. Does it really matter?

In a world of iPhones, Siri and emojis, does your child need to write legibly? Well ... maybe. [Read more]

Jersey Shore town’s voters reject school district merger

The outcome saves an elementary school that would have closed within 5 years. [Read more]

‘Blackout challenge’ sends middle schooler to hospital

Students are learning about the challenge on social media, administrators said. [Read more]

NJCU faculty union pushes back against fiscal monitor’s ‘unrealistic’ recommendations for cash-strapped school

Resolutions Economic LLC., which conducted the report on behalf of the union, stated it finds the monitor’s recommendations to be “premature.” [Read more]

Antisemitic incidents doubled in N.J. last year with major increase at schools, colleges, report says

The ADL survey is based off law enforcement data and information provided by faith leaders and community members and verified by analysts. [Read more]

N.J. school district asking voters to save courtesy busing

Free busing for approximately 1,600 students is on the line in Tuesday's election. [Read more]

13 N.J. schools with the highest average SAT scores

Students in the top general admission high school scored an average of 1,375 out of a possible 1,600. [Read more]

At home in a world of words, and feeling like a stranger | Opinion

I’m a professional writer who cannot spell. Interesting career choice, huh? [Read more]

Financially-distressed NJCU needs a partner. But which university can afford to take on the school?

“Kean is in overall good financial shape, but taking on another institution would be a huge financial burden," a source said. [Read more]

N.J. school video shows physical interaction between principal, student that led to charges

Columbia High School Principal Frank Sanchez is facing a second-degree child endangerment charge. [Read more]