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Groups Legally Challenge PARCC Graduation Requirement

Several civil rights and advocacy groups have joined a legal challenge against PARCC, claiming New Jersey’s new high school graduation requirements, which include passing the controversial standardized test, violate state law.

Controversy Over Paterson Schools Eliminating Student Accident Insurance

In the spring, the Paterson school district eliminated the $400,000 student accident insurance coverage for this year, which means students must use their families' insurance in the event of an accident. The school board president is calling for the insurance to be reinstated.

NJ Transit Officials Approve Budget for Positive Train Control

NJ Transit's board adopted an operating budget to keep the trains up and running and a capital budget to make repairs, modernize the fleet and upgrade technology, including $72 million to install positive train control.

Bridget Kelly: Thought GWB Tie-Up was Legitimate Traffic Study

Bridgegate defendant Bridget Kelly testified that she was using others' language in her emails about "traffic problems in Fort Lee" and she thought there was a legitimate traffic study happening at the George Washington Bridge.

Legislation Aims to Improve Detection of Childhood Lead Poisoning

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman is launching new legislation that would require kids to be tested for lead poisoning before they enter elementary school.

Bridget Kelly Testifies Gov. Christie Knew About GWB Lane Closures Beforehand

During the Bridgegate trial, defendant Bridget Kelly testified Gov. Christie knew there was a traffic study coming a month before lanes were closed on the George Washington Bridge.

Lawmakers Upset NJ Transit Leadership Absent from Hearing

NJDOT Commissioner and NJ Transit Chair Rich Hammer attended a legislative hearing to answer questions about the agency after the Hoboken crash. He said NJ Transit leaders were at an important meeting with the Federal Railroad Administration.

Report: New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License Law is Saving Lives

A new Governors Highway Safety Association report says New Jersey has been able to cut teen fatalities by more than half since the Graduated Driver License law went into effect.

Port Authority Commissioner Testifies at Bridgegate Trial

After the prosecution unsuccessfully tried to exclude his testimony, Port Authority Commissioner Scott Rechler took the stand in the Bridgegate trial, sharing his thoughts on the state's star witness, David Wildstein.

Study Finds Majority of Tenants Unaware of Rights

A study published in the Rutgers Law Review shows an overwhelming number of renters in New Jersey are not asserting their rights as tenants, despite living with insufficient heat and plumbing.