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GOV. MURPHY ORDERS REVIEW OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIM

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On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy defended his administration’s handling of a state worker’s sexual assault allegation against Albert Alvarez, the former chief of staff of the state’s Schools Development Authority. The Associated Pressreports that Murphy vowed to launch an investigation after Katie Brennan’s allegations surfaced Sunday in the Wall Street Journal. The probe will be led by Peter Verniero. Alvarez has denied the allegations through his attorney.

AT NAACP EVENT, LEADERS DEMAND DEMS' ACCOUNTABILITY

Weeks before the election, African American leaders are pushing for accountability from state Democrats and Gov. Phil Murphy. NJ Spotlight reports that the community demands action on a range of issues, from restructuring the youth justice system to closing the racial wealth gap. At the NAACP New Jersey's state conference on Saturday, the president of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Ryan Haygood, said that 94 percent of Black voters supported Gov. Murphy, yet he "doesn't have a specific plan for Black people."

THOUSANDS OF BROOKDALE STUDENTS COULD LOSE AID

Brookdale Community College has been put on notice that it is at risk of losing a key accreditation, which could leave 14,000 students without federal aid funding. The Asbury Park Press reports that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education warned Brookdale in June that it had "insufficient evidence" that the school was meeting two of its standards related to ethics and integrity, and assessing educational effectiveness. The Commission gave Brookdale until March 1 to demonstrate it has sustained improvement in these two areas.

TEACHERS MAKE LESS THAN $60K (MEDIAN) IN 100 DISTRICTS

Although New Jersey has some of the nation's highest-paid teachers, many teachers are still struggling to make ends meet. Using last year's teacher salary data from K-12 districts across the state, NJ.com compiled a list of the 50 districts with the lowest median salaries. More than 100 districts paid their teachers a median salary of less than $60,000; a few paid less than $50,000.

PA HAZING BILL NAMED FOR NJ STUDENT WILL BECOME LAW

Stricter criminal penalties for hazing will soon become Pennsylvania law, NJ.com reports. On Monday, the Senate voted unanimously for a bill inspired by Tim Piazza, a Lebanon, New Jersey native who died at a Penn State fraternity house in February 2017. The Beta Theta Pi house is now closed. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he planned to sign the bill.

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