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Garden State Coalition of Schools
Elisabeth Ginsburg, Executive Director
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Trenton, New Jersey 08608


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NEW! Virtual Meeting Calendar for 2021-2022
All Meetings, starting in September 2021...'
GSCS Statement on Black Lives Matter
In the wake of the recent murder of George Floyd and the many historical and present-day acts of violence against Black men and women, the Garden State Coalition of Schools wants to reaffirm our support of Black Lives Matter and all those who advocate for the changes that will put an end to those tragedies...'
7-23-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Lawmaker who floated vaccine mandate says not now...' Star Ledger--N.J. still plans no mask mandate in schools come fall, despite Biden’s comments...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--School board meetings turn tense with debates over critical race theory and masking...'

InsiderNJ-Sweeney & Ruiz Conduct Forum to Identify Most Effective and Responsible Ways to Utilize Federal Education Funds...'

Education Week--Standardized Tests Could Be in Jeopardy in Wake of Biden Decisions, Experts Say...'

Education Dive--How can schools raise ownership of student mental health supports?...'

7-22-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Challenges for children with autism spectrum disorder on return to in-person schooling...' Education Week--‘Is This Going to Piss People Off?’ How to Make Tough Tech Decisions...'

Chalkbeat--Big education funders Gates, Walton, and Chan Zuckerberg are coming together to seek ‘breakthroughs.’ Will it work?...'

Chalkbeat--Holocaust education often blurs fact and fiction. That must change...'

7-21-21 Education in the News
ABC News--Increasing pressure on CDC to revisit guidance on masks in schools...' NJ Spotlight--Children should wear masks in school this fall, even if vaccinated, pediatricians group urges...'

The Atlantic--Opinion: American Parents Are Way Too Focused on Their Kids’ Self-Esteem...'

Education Dive--Tiered supports in special education can help address crisis recovery in re-openings...'

7-20-21 Education in the News
NBC News--All children should wear masks in school this fall, even if vaccinated, according to pediatrics group...' NJ Spotlight--Delta variant spreads, raising concern for risks to children...'

The Hechinger Report--These parents want more virtual learning. New Jersey says they’re on their own...'

Star Ledger--Lakewood kids get a fair education, commissioner rules. School vows to appeal decision...'

MyCentralJersey.com These kids are part of COVID vaccine trials. When will shots be ready for those under 12?...'

Education Week--Superintendents Have Weathered a Lot of Vitriol This Year. What Have We Learned?...'

Education Dive--NPC 2021: New Jersey school builds police relationship to curb exclusionary discipline...'

7-19-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--With a few lines, NJ says it may restore school-aid cuts...' The Record-Local schools stressed by special ed costs get $125 million boost from state...'

Insider NJ--Norcross Welcomes Education Secretary Cardona to South Jersey to Meet with Students, Local Leaders to Discuss College Affordability & Supporting School Reopening Through the Build Back Better Agenda...'

Asbury Park Press--A violation of the Constitution? Shore students join school anti-mask lawsuit...'

NY Times--Plans for free pre-K and community college could provide a ‘ladder into the middle class.’...'

Education Week--What the House Education Spending Bill Would Do for Schools, in One Chart...'

The Hechinger Report--Building virtual monuments to Black historical figures...'

7-16-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Well-staffed school libraries can help students recover from their pandemic year...' NY Times--Haunted by Past Virus Surges, California Leans on Masks and Vaccines...'

The Atlantic--COVID-19’s Effects on Kids Are Even Stranger Than We Thought...'

NPR--What Do Alabama And California Have In Common? Top-Notch U.S. History Standards...'

Education Week--Topics Be Enforced? Here’s What 10 States Plan to Do...'

Chalkbeat--A surge in pandemic Fs raises old concerns about credit recovery. Here’s how schools could make it better...'

Education Dive--Survey: Under-resourced schools less likely to perform COVID-19 testing in fall...'

7-15-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Parents sue governor to block any renewal of school mask mandate...' Star Ledger--Murphy opponent Ciattarelli draws fire for saying he’d ‘roll back’ LGBTQ curriculum in N.J. schools...'

Insider NJ--NJEA PAC endorses Gov. Murphy, 59 candidates for Legislature...'

NY Times--Why Is the Country Panicking About Critical Race Theory?...'

Education Week--Half of Schools Have Urgent Cooling and Heating Concerns, Survey Shows...'

Education Dive--Special education programs have funding but lack the educators...'

7-14-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--As applications plunge, Newark schools face threat of lower enrollment...' NJ Spotlight--Off-season spike in respiratory virus sends NJ kids to hospitals...'

Star Ledger--Number of free meals given to N.J. kids last July tripled. Here’s how to find help regardless of income...'

NY Times--New York City and California are sticking with their mask mandates in schools...'

NY Times--Schools Are Receiving $129 Billion in Stimulus Aid. Where Is It Going?...'

NPR: Illinois Has Become The First State To Require The Teaching Of Asian American History...'

Education Week--Kids Are Behind on Routine Vaccinations. Here’s What Schools Can Do About It...'

Education Week--Tears, Politics, and Money: School Boards Become Battle Zones...'

7-13-21 Education in the News
NPR--New Survey Shows What Parts Of U.S. History Kids Across America Are Actually Learning...' Education Dive--Lessons learned from pandemic can continue strengthening parent communication...'

Edutopia--From the Classroom to the House Jahana Hayes, congresswoman and high school history teacher, on the disconnect between Washington and the classroom, and the importance of keeping teacher voices in the mix...'

7-12-21 Education in the News
NY Times--What Parents Need to Know About the C.D.C.’s Covid School Guidelines...' NY Times--Why a Patriotic Education Can Be Valuable...'

Education Week--Are Schools Ready to Reopen Full-Time This Fall? Federal Data Show Spotty Progress...'

Education Dive--Final 2021 NAEP School Survey finds 2% of schools remain fully remote...'

7-9-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ cut aid to some schools. Did that break federal pandemic-relief rules?...' NJ Spotlight--GOP hears anti-mask testimony during Senate Facebook session...'

MyCentralJersey.com--Citing local school aid cuts, Hunterdon County officials blast NJ’s budget...'

NPR--Zaila Avant-garde Becomes First African American To Win Scripps Spelling Bee...'

Education Week--Feds OK First State Plans for Remaining Share of $122 Billion in K-12 Virus Aid...'

Education Week--As states place new limits on class discussions of race, research suggests they benefit students...'

Education Dive--GAO: Ed Dept can improve K-12 operations in 3 priority areas...'

The Hechinger Report--Five ways you can help ease kids’ stress from the last year...'

7-8-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--New NJ law allows parents to request that their child repeat a grade...' Education Week--How Does the Delta Variant Figure Into Schools’ Opening Plans?...'

Education Week--Teachers’ Unions Vow to Defend Members in Critical Race Theory Fight...'

7-7-21 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Some summer school students in N.J. may still have to wear masks...' NPR--Aspiring Teachers Get New Help Paying For College...'

Education Week--How the Pandemic Helped Fuel the Private School Choice Movement...'

Chalkbeat--The pandemic set back student learning. Newark kept the data under wraps...'

Education Dive--With majority of students unvaccinated, schools mull fall COVID-19 measures...'

7-6-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--The Class of 2021: Their thoughts on a year like none other...'
StarLedger--To strengthen ourdemocracy, young people should answer the call and serve    Opinion...'

The Record--Is Murphy's decision to lift the mandate on school masks based on science or politics?...'

Education Week--Why the Critical Race Theory Fight Is Harder for Educators Than the Common Core Battle...'

Chalkbeat--My civics students taught me how to honor an imperfect country on the Fourth of July...'

The Hechinger Report--As schools reopen, will Black and Asian families return?...'

7-1-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--More money, yes — but schools face a questionable future...' Asbury Park Press--Many Shore districts to make masks optional in the fall. Not Lakewood...'

Education Week--How Many Students Are Living in Poverty? The Number Is Likely Wrong...'

Education Dive--ISTE 2021: Teachers share pandemic 'aha' moments and how they'll apply them...'

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