NJ gets cleared to hold off on school testing

JOHN MOONEY, EDUCATION WRITER | APRIL 8, 2021 

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In a bit of a surprise, the Murphy administration has won permission from the federal government to hold off on the state’s student testing program for this spring and to administer an abbreviated version in the fall.

But after what turned out to be a busy 24 hours of discussion on the topic, what exactly will take place to measure student performance in the meantime remains in question, as worries mount over the potential damage the pandemic has wrought on school instruction and learning.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday confirmed in his daily coronavirus media briefing that the federal Department of Education has permitted the state to suspend its standardized Student Learning Assessments for the second year, due to the many challenges to carrying out such testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Looks like House Democrats have given up trying to oust N.J.’s Jeff Van Drew

Posted Apr 06, 2021

After Rep. Jeff Van Drew switched political parties to become a Republican, House Democrats spent more than $6 million to oust him in one of the nation’s hottest political races last year.

Van Drew won re-election in his South Jersey district, and with surprising ease.

Now it looks like the House Democrats’ political arm will stay away from spending big to target him again.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday released its list of 21 House Republicans it planned to go after in 2022, and Van Drew’s name conspicuously was missing.

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Gov. Murphy checks out the little engine that could improve NJ Transit’s reliability

Posted Apr 06, 2021

He blew the horn and rang the bell. Gov. Phil Murphy lived a kids dream Tuesday as he sat at the controls of NJ Transit’s newest $9 million locomotive at Newark Penn Station.

But Murphy said the bigger thrill is that the 25 new locomotives that are scheduled to be delivered through the year will improve NJ Transit’s rail reliability numbers and reduced canceled trains.

“This is a big deal,” Murphy said after being show the locomotive cabin. “This is delivery of the first dual-powered dual-mode locomotive, it can run on diesel or electric power.”

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Will Biden’s spending plan allow NJ to replace all lead water lines?

JON HURDLE, CONTRIBUTING WRITER | APRIL 7, 2021 

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Replacing lead service lines in Newark

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New Jersey has an increased chance of replacing lead service lines carrying water to homes, schools and child care centers because of federal funding in President Joe Biden’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure package, according to advocates for water industry-renewal.

Although the funding is subject to congressional approval, campaigners for an overhaul of New Jersey’s creaking water infrastructure said the package will likely allow the state to take a significant step toward fixing a problem that has been highlighted by a drinking water crisis in Newark, as well as that in Flint, Michigan.

Newark’s success in replacing more than 18,000 of its lead service lines over the last two years, at no cost to homeowners, has become a template for fixing the problem effectively and efficiently. But it has not been clear how to replicate the Newark project statewide, given the estimated $2.3 billion cost of replacing the estimated 350,000 lines that remain, said Chris Sturm, managing director for policy and water at New Jersey Future, a nonprofit that promotes “smart growth” policies. New Jersey Future estimates it costs $6,600 to replace each service line.

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Those 16 or older in New Jersey will be eligible for a vaccine on April 19, the governor says.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

April 5, 2021

A Covid-19 vaccination site in Newark in February.Credit...

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All New Jersey residents 16 or older will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccination beginning on April 19, Gov. Philip D. Murphy said on Monday. It is an announcement that heeds President Biden’s call for states to speed up their timelines for all adults to be eligible, as most other states already have.

In Maryland, those 16 or older are eligible to get a shot on Tuesday at state mass vaccination sites, Gov. Larry Hogan said on Monday. On April 12, he said, all Maryland residents 16 or older will be eligible at the other vaccine providers in the state.

Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia joined the group of leaders expanding vaccine eligibility, saying on Twitter on Monday that all Washington residents 16 or older would be eligible on April 19.

That leaves Oregon and Hawaii as the only states yet to announce eligibility for all adults before May 1.

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NJ fiscal picture $430M better, analysts say

JOHN REITMEYER, BUDGET/FINANCE WRITER | APRIL 6, 2021 

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Despite the ongoing pandemic, New Jersey will close out its fiscal year in a few months with even more revenue than Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has recently forecast, according to new estimates from the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services obtained by NJ Spotlight News.

These latest estimates add nearly $430 million to the total revenue the Murphy administration projected in its most recent forecast for the 2021 fiscal year, which closes at the end of June.

The new revenue estimates are due to be reviewed by lawmakers for the first time Tuesday, and they’re just the latest to reflect an ever-brightening fiscal outlook for the state in the face of the health crisis.

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It is time to deliver on the promise of America | Opinion

Posted Apr 04, 2021

By Kevin J. O’Toole

Kevin J. O’Toole, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says these past 12 months have been difficult. "There is so much hate."
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When my children were born a generation ago, I envisioned they would grow up in a better world than I had. It is a universal hope of parents that the societal failures of the past will be corrected before their children experience discrimination and potentially, hate-fueled violence. Sadly, my children have not inherited such a world.

This month, in Atlanta, eight individuals were murdered, including six Asian American women. While the motive for the most recent mass shooting in America is still unclear, there is no ambiguity that six of the victims were Asian American. Nor is there any ambiguity that crimes against Asian Americans and members of the Pacific Islander community are on the rise.

If COVID-19 was not enough of an insidious disease spreading literally from mouth to mouth, we have racial hatred spreading in the same way. These past 12 months have been difficult.

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Infighting, turf wars, surprises … It must be the start of NJ’s primary season

COLLEEN O'DEA, SENIOR WRITER | APRIL 5, 2021 

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New Jersey State House

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The deadline for filing to run in New Jersey’s June 8 primary elections is today. While the governor’s race will be the big political news later this year, an unusually high number of legislative openings means intraparty primary battles for Senate and Assembly seats, with the possibility of the biggest shake-up among legislative members in recent years.

While the governor’s race tops the ballot, there is not likely to be a serious challenge to either party’s frontrunners, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican Jack Ciattarelli, a former state assemblyman.

There’s much more action among legislative races. Four seats in the Senate are open; a fifth vacancy that arose when longtime Republican Gerald Cardinale died earlier this year was filled last month by former Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi. Nine seats are open in the Assembly, including five vacancies caused by members who are seeking Senate seats. At least three more Assembly members are at serious risk of losing their seats after failing to win party backing.

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Questions Remain As NJ Universities Plan For A Return To Campus

Montana Samuels, Patch Staff

Posted Thu, Apr 1, 2021 

Patch.com

As some New Jersey colleges celebrate an expected return to normalcy this fall, others plan for the new semester with cautious optimism.

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NEW JERSEY — As state officials expand access to coronavirus vaccines, college and university decision makers are beginning to sort through a return to in-person learning this fall.

Some of the Garden State's most esteemed universities have already informed staff they should prepare to be in the classroom full-time, while others continue to ask a familiar question: just how normal can a "return to normal" look?

A memo sent to faculty and staff at Princeton University informed them that those working remotely would return to campus "on a rolling basis," but that all of them should plan to be on campus in the fall. Read more: Princeton University Plans For In-Person Return In Fall

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N.J.’s smallest businesses to receive $25 million in aid under bill Murphy just signed

Posted Apr 01, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday approved $25 million in aid for New Jersey’s smallest businesses.

The $25 million for “microbusinesses” is part of a package of bills passed by the Legislature to send $100 million to small businesses, restaurants, bars, daycares, and arts and cultural organizations.

Business revenue during the pandemic has plummeted and unemployment skyrocketed. A third of small businesses in the Garden State have closed their doors. Among hospitality businesses, the closures are closer to 50%, according to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

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