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9-22-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Budget Basics: How Large Is the New Jersey Budget, Really?

A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

How large is the New Jersey budget, really?


The Appropriation Act approved for fiscal year 2018 is $34.7 billion. But the state spends a lot more. Two major revenue sources are excluded from the $34.7 billion: programs supported with federal revenue ($15 billion) and programs supported by certain dedicated taxes or fees ($6 billion). When included, the total appropriation in the General Fund is approximately $56 billion.


Richard F. Keevey | September 22, 2017


Education Week--K-12 Policy at Play as Two States Pick Governors This Year

This year's N.J., Va. contests presage 2018 election battles

There are 36 governor seats up for grabs next year and—based on the K-12 issues animating the 2017 contests nearing their climax in New Jersey and Virginia—testing, teacher shortages, and funding formulas are likely to remain hot topics on the campaign trail.

Education has taken a prominent spot in both those states in this off-year election, with the Republican and Democratic nominees posting policy papers prominently on their campaign websites, along with educators' testimonials, and heart-tugging commercials featuring candidates relaying their passion for the future of the states' K-12 system.

This comes as governors nationwide are poised to play a greater role in setting education policy under the Every Student Succeeds Act. That point isn't lost on education advocacy groups, teachers' unions, and the candidates themselves.


Daarel Burnette II| September 12, 2017


Education Week-- Your One-Stop Shop for ESSA Info on Teachers, Testing, Money, and More

For teachers, parents, principals, and others, the Every Student Succeeds Act is no longer on the horizon. Now it's in their schools.

Yes, ESSA has officially taken effect this school year. All but four states have turned in their plans for the education law's implementation to the federal government—and some states' plans have already gotten approved by the U.S. Department of Education. But there's a decent chance you're still gathering information and learning about ESSA.

To help you with that, we've compiled a big, fancy grab-bag stuffed with resources about the law that replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. Not everything is new: ESSA still requires those annual English/language arts and math tests once a year in grades 3-8 and once in high school. But what is new? Check it out below.


Andrew Ujifusa on September 21, 2017 7:25 AM


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