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2-7-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Can Murphy Live Up to His Promises About Higher Education?

The new governor’s intentions are good, but he has yet to offer much in the way of specifics concerning his strategy

New Jersey’s public colleges and universities had a rough decade under former Govs. Chris Christie and Jon Corzine, with state funding flat or falling and enrollments on the rise.

The election of Phil Murphy was seen as a hopeful turn.


John Mooney | February 7, 2018


NJ Spotlight--Tension in Trenton: Do Murphy and Sweeney Have Issues to Resolve?

For a Democratic governor with a Democratic Legislature, Murphy’s first few weeks at the helm have not been smooth sailing

For Democrats in the state, Gov. Phil Murphy’s election last year marked the beginning of a new era in New Jersey politics, one in which the party — now in control of both the Legislature and the executive branch — would be free to move forward on a range of policy initiatives, many of which had been previously kept out of reach by two-term Republican Gov. Chris Christie.


Chase Brush | February 7, 2018


Star Ledger--N.J. schools should have mandatory recess, politicians insist in years-long fight

Chris Christie once called the idea of mandatory school recess "stupid" and "crazy government run amok." 

But Christie isn't governor anymore, and the mandatory recess bill he vetoed during his presidential campaign is back yet again. 

The state Senate this month approved a proposal to make a daily 20-minute recess a requirement for all students in grades K-5, the latest push in an effort Sen. Shirley Turner, D-Mercer, began nearly 10 years ago. 

Turner is worried too many schools are shortening recess or skipping it to focus on test preparation, hurting children who need time exercise and play. 


Adam Clark| Updated Feb 6, 5:14 PM; Posted Feb 6, 5:14 PM


Press of Atlantic City--Repollet takes helm as acting New Jersey education commissioner

TRENTON – Former Asbury Park Superintendent Lamont Repollet assumed the role of New Jersey’s acting commissioner of education last week, replacing Commissioner Kimberley Harrington.

Repollet was appointed last month by Gov. Phil Murphy as he prepared to take office and is awaiting confirmation by the state Senate.

“The work ahead will not be easy, but it is necessary to ensure that our students and educators are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow," Repollet said. "To meet those challenges, we must work with our school communities across the state to look for ways to become more innovative, enhance educational equity and ensure a holistic approach to supporting student learning.


Press staff reports| February 6, 2018

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