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Kelly Heyboer

Woodbridge Township, NJ, United States

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Past articles by Kelly:

Women, some minorities are not well represented in elected offices in N.J., survey finds

Asian American/Pacific Islander and Latino people in New Jersey face the greatest disparities between their representation in government compared to their representation in the population, the analysis found. → Read More

Barricading kids behind mats is legal in N.J. schools. Here’s why. (VIDEO)

A recent video showed a 6-year-old screaming "Let me breathe" as he was trapped behind a padded mat by a teacher and a classroom aide. → Read More

Businesses sue to overturn N.J. law giving temp workers new rights

Business groups are suing the state over the law that Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed. → Read More

Thousands of temp workers in N.J. will get new rights under law Murphy just signed

The legislation was years in the making and is considered the strongest of its kind in the U.S. → Read More

More N.J. schools requiring ‘psych clearances’ for kids to stay in the classroom

A growing number of schools are saying kids need a mental health evaluation before they can return to class after fights and other troubling behavior. → Read More

For the first time, N.J. schools must report how often they lock kids in ‘quiet rooms,’ new rules say

The data will give parents and state officials their first-ever look at how often schools are using the controversial practices of restraint and seclusion on students. → Read More

Why did N.J. stop giving money to track how many women serve on powerful state boards?

The Center of American Women and Politics received $350K last year to create database, but got nothing in the current budget to complete the job. → Read More

In surprise move, lawmakers nix vote on landmark N.J. temp worker rights bill

The bill was expected to be voted on and sent to Gov. Phil Murphy, who likely would have signed it into law. → Read More

N.J. schools must notify parents when they lock kids in padded ‘quiet rooms,’ proposed law says

The legislation follows a recent NJ Advance Media investigation that found at least 1,150 New Jersey students have been shut inside seclusion closets, known as "quiet rooms," in recent years for alleged misbehavior in class. → Read More

New law would give temp workers more rights, money. Murphy says he supports bill, but wants changes.

Labor activists have been fighting for protections for temp workers for years, following a 2016 NJ Advance Media investigation that found widespread mistreatment of temporary workers in the state's warehouses and factories. → Read More

N.J. temp workers could get sweeping new rights under bill now on governor’s desk

Labor groups have pushed for a "Temp Worker Bill of Rights" since 2016, when NJ Advance Media published an investigation revealing mistreatment and exploitation workers face in the state's warehouses. → Read More

White men dominate most N.J. government boards. This bill aims to change that.

New Jersey's racial, ethnic and gender make-up would have to be reflected in appointments made by the governor and legislature → Read More

N.J. university steps in to save Bloomfield College from shutting down

Bloomfield College previously said this could be its last year if another institution didn't partner with it to save the school. → Read More

Started college, but didn’t finish? N.J. officials may be tracking you down.

College dropouts would get help reenrolling and getting credit for life experience under a proposed new program. → Read More

Dr. Anthony Fauci will speak at Princeton U.’s first in-person Class Day in two years

Princeton's senior class chose Fauci to speak at the pre-commencement ceremony. → Read More

Some students will get 50% off tuition at N.J. county colleges under new plan

About 7,000 students are expected to qualify for the new tuition assistance program. → Read More

Ex-inmates can get up to $8K for each year they didn’t get special ed classes in N.J. prisons, court says

The settlement is expected to affect hundreds of young inmates and change how prisons run classes, attorneys say. → Read More

State could strip N.J. professional licenses for bias or harassment under proposed new rules

The new rules could affect 720,000 licensees, from accountants and architects to doctors and hairdressers. → Read More

Deadline extended for N.J. kids to get extra help for special ed services lost during COVID

A new law gives families until 2023 to file a claim to make up for special education services skipped during school shutdowns. → Read More

Rutgers is offering free tuition for some students. Here’s what you need to know.

The new Scarlet Guarantee promises lower tuition for Rutgers-New Brunswick students whose families earning less than $100K. → Read More