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Acting Commissioner of Education David Hespe has been in the position less than a year, but he has already taken an aggressive stance to inform the public about the Common Core State Standards in New Jersey. Acting Commissioner Hespe brings a wealth of experience to his post, having served as a district superintendent, college president, and as commissioner of education previously. These experiences have made him a strong advocate for academic standards. Please join host Ray Pinney as he and Acting Commissioner Hespe discuss the department’s implementation of the academic standards and the response to some of the myths and misunderstandings about the Common Core.
State standards and standardized tests are not new concepts and have been part of New Jersey’s education landscape for some time. However there have been recent concerns raised by some community members and educators about Common Core State Standards and PARCC. Why do we need standards and assessment? If we do need them, are the Common Core and PARCC the appropriate standards and assessment? What should districts do to help prepare their students to succeed? Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses these questions and others with Dr. Tracey Severns, the director of student performance at the Mount Olive School District and former chief academic officer for the New Jersey Department of Education.
The Opportunity Scholarship Act has received Senate Committee approval—with bi-partisan support. Join host Ray Pinney as he discusses the proposal with Christopher Emigholz, Director of Legislative Affairs for the NJDOE. Mr. Emigholz is a supporter of the program.
Gov. Chris Christie recently announced the approval of 23 new charter schools, and is proposing changes in the state’s charter law that would allow local school boards to authorize charter schools and offer more flexibility for charter school operations. Join host Ray Pinney, Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey and Rebecca Cox, President of the Princeton Board of Education for an in-depth conversation on the future of charter schools in New Jersey.
The Opportunity Scholarship Act has received Senate Committee approval—with bi-partisan support. Join host Ray Pinney as he discusses the proposal with Gordon MacInnes, former New Jersey state senator and assistant commissioner of education. Mr. MacInness is an opponent of the Opportunity Scholarship Act.
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