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1-11-16 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight, 1-11-16 

Agenda: Update on State Standards and H.S. Grad Requirements Kick Off 2016 

State Board of Education gets first look at standard revisions ordered by Christie and new PARCC diploma requirements

John Mooney

Star Ledger - N.J. property taxes soared by $537M in 2015, report says

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By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 
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on January 10, 2016 at 5:47 PM, updated January 11, 2016 at 7:15 AM

New Jersey property taxes soared at their fastest rate in years in 2015, according to a new report by the Asbury Park Press, setting homeowners back an extra $537 million.

According to data compiled by the paper, the average taxpayer forked over $8,354 — $193 more than in 2014.

The 2.4 percent hike is the largest in four years, and the second straight year average tax rates have increased. It also belies a 2 percent cap on increases implemented by legislators in 2010.


NJ Spotlight,  1-11-16

Variety of Education Bills Set for Vote as Legislative Session Wanes

John Mooney
Testing-firm disclosures, art-class grades, volunteer credits, and rules for restraint of disabled students on legislators’ agenda

The final votes of a legislative session always bring a cornucopia of proposals -- some with a chance of becoming law, others more symbolic.

Today’s legislative session, the last before Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State address tomorrow, will have no shortage of interesting bills pertaining to New Jersey’s public schools and their students.