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Virtual and In-Person Meeting Calendar for 2022-2023
All Meetings, starting in September 2021...'
GSCS Statement Condemning Violence Motivated by Race, Ethnicity or Sexual Orientation
With the recent spate of violent bias-based crimes and other incidences of hatred based on perceived characteristics of individuals or groups, the Garden State Coalition of Schools wants to reaffirm our support of all those who advocate for the changes that will put an end to those expressions of hatred and promote increased understanding and peaceful resolution of conflict in our communities.
Start Strong Concerns Letter and Response from NJDOE--Education Groups Including GSCS
A letter protesting the necessity, timing and efficacy of the 2022 Start Strong assessment...'
9-23-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Teacher test discarded but problems remain...' Education Week--As Rhetoric Heats Up, Many Parents Fear Politicians Are Using Children As ‘Political Pawns’...'

Education Dive--7 strategies for strengthening DEI in teacher hiring...'

9-22-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Few families opt out of new sex-ed lessons Parents can opt out by sending a letter of explanation...'

Star Ledger--Most N.J. residents support sex education in upper grades, fewer support it in elementary school, poll shows...'

Star Ledger--School psychologist: Don’t just rely on detentions. Teach kids what they did wrong.    Opinion...'

The Record--Here's how some NJ schools will teach sex education. Will they avoid state discipline?...'

Education Week--What Teachers of Color Say Will Actually Work to Diversify the Profession...'

9-20-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Climate change must now be taught to N.J. students. What will new curriculum look like?...' The Record--School districts that don't teach new sex ed standards will be disciplined, state says...'

Education Dive--With over 210K comments submitted, what did the public say about proposed Title IX changes?...'

Education Week--District Leaders Want More Time to Spend ESSER Funds as Plans Go Astray...'

9-19-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--US Education Secretary visits Camden High School...'
Star Ledger--Want more teachers, less expensive college tuition? Change how schools are accredited.    Opinion...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--To ban or not to ban the cell phone? Without them, schools see more learning, fewer fights, and calmer hallways...'

NY Times--Attempts to Ban Books Are Accelerating and Becoming More Divisive...'

Education Week--Why Can’t We Talk to Each Other Anymore? How binary thinking is dividing the K-12 world...'

Education Dive--House Republicans open investigation into ARP spending on ‘leftist ideology’...'

The Hechinger Report--Canceled classes, sweltering classrooms: How extreme heat impairs learning...'

9-16-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--New year, same pressing demand for school meals...' Paterson Press--Want a $7,500 bonus? Take a teaching job in Paterson...'

My Central Jersey.com--Teens on screens: These dangers keep growing. Parents should pay close attention    Miraldi...'

NY Times--Helmet Shortage in High School Football Raises Costs, and Risks...'

Education Week--Why Can’t We Talk to Each Other Anymore? How binary thinking is dividing the K-12 world...'

Education Dive--ASBO ’22: Leaders must keep communicating ESSER funds will end...'

9-15-22 Education in the News
Insider NJ--Healthcare Premium Deal Rescues State Workers but Local Public Workers not Included...' Education Week--Searching for Common Ground: High School Football’s Risks and Rewards...'

Chalkbeat--New test data: Young readers, middle school math students struggling...'

Education Dive--State law to cap New York City class sizes by 2028...'

9-14-22 Education in the News
Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--‘Stop the shooting’: Inside the effort to protect students from neighborhood gun violence...' Education Dive--85% of district leaders say lack of applicants driving teacher shortages...'

Star Ledger--A look back at NJ’s historic takeover of school district as it prepares to give back control to Jersey City...'

Education Week--Teachers Are Ready for Systemic Change. Are Schools?...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Six puzzling questions from the disastrous NAEP results...'

Chalkbeat--New test data: Young readers, middle school math students struggling...'

9-13-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy administration faces fight over new rule to combat climate change...' Star Ledger--N.J. public worker battle to fend off big health insurance hikes hitting fever pitch...'

Star Ledger--Educator: A little “r-e-s-p-e-c-t” will go a long way to resolving the teacher shortage    Opinion...'

NPR--The case for starting sex ed in kindergarten (hula hoops recommended)...'

Education Week--We Talk a Lot About Student Mental Health. We Need More Action...'

The Hechinger Report--Teacher shortages are real, but not for the reason you heard...'

9-12-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Charter school advocates disappointed over expansion denials...'
South Jersey Times--Kids, pencils, books return — but not lunch for all    Editorial...'

Star Ledger--What’s NJ doing to ensure kids recover from massive learning loss? Not much    Editorial...'

Star Ledger--What should N.J. students born after 9/11 be taught about the terror attacks?...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Six puzzling questions from the disastrous NAEP results...'

The Hechinger Report—Opinion: TEACHER VOICE: How the sad shadow of book banning shuts down conversations and lacerates librarians...'

NY Times--American Schools Got a $190 Billion Covid Windfall. Where Is It Going?...'

The Atlantic--The Problem With Kindergarten Early education is vital. So why aren’t students guaranteed access to it?...'

Education Week--Social-Emotional Learning Coalition Will Fight Back Against Politically Charged Attacks...'

Education Dive--Less than 1 in 5 Americans would recommend teaching to young people...'

9-9-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. school bus driver shortage continues, even as districts offer $35 an hour...' Star Ledger--N.J. spending big to expand preschools. Here’s where the first $26M is going...'

InsiderNJ--McClellan and Simonsen Call on Murphy to Sign Bill Addressing Teachers’ Shortage...'

NPR--Hunger advocates want free school meals for all kids. It's tough sell in Congress...'

Education Week--States’ Plans to Make School Safer Reflect Political Divides...'

Education Dive--Curriculum a crucial component of school mental health strategies...'

Edutopia--The School Leader and Counselor Alliance...'

9-8-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Gap growing in school mental health support for students of color, white students...'
Star Ledger--Legislator: Here’s one way to solve the teacher shortage    Opinion...'

Edutopia--How Students Typically Grow in SEL From Elementary to Middle School...'

The Hechinger Report--Can apprenticeships help alleviate teacher shortages?...'

Washington Post--Trust in teachers is plunging amid a culture war in education...'

Education Week--When Did Equity Become a ‘Trigger’ Word? Equity may be the law, but we don’t agree on what it means...'

9-7-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. students head back to class. But will it be a ‘normal’ school year?...' Star Ledger--First day of school in N.J.’s largest district includes new teachers and a lingering mask mandate...'

The Record--From canines to counselors: How NJ schools are trying to tame COVID mental health crisis...'

NY Times--Daring to Speak Up About Race in a Divided School District...'

NPR--A cyberattack hits the Los Angeles School District, raising alarm across the country...'

Education Week--Messaging About Vaccines and Boosters: 3 Best Practices for School Districts...'

Education Dive--Gas cards, new start times and rotating schedules: Districts get creative to solve bus driver shortages...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Sadly, preparing for potential gun violence must be part of any back-to-school strategy for principals...'

9-6-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--What to expect in schools now most COVID-19 rules lifted...'
Star Ledger--NJEA: We won’t give in to censors. We’ll give children a deep, well-rounded education.    Opinion...'

NY Times--Sex Ed Emerges as Core Issue for N.J. Republicans as Midterms Approach...'

Washington Post--Trust in teachers is plunging amid a culture war in education...'

NPR--As school starts, teachers add a mental-health check-in to their lesson plans...'

Education Week--5 Ways to Sustain Educational Justice Advocacy...'

Education Dive--Task force recommends universal school meal program ahead of White House conference...'

The Hechinger Report--Can apprenticeships help alleviate teacher shortages?...'

9-2-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Pediatric mental health gets a budget boost Lawmakers, caregivers highlight treatment needs that increased during pandemic...'

The Record--NJ schools add new standards in seven subjects this year. What parents need to know...'

NPR--With kids back in school, educators brace to help with ongoing mental health troubles...'

Education Week--Here’s How the White House Is Tackling Teacher Shortages...'

Education Dive--COVID-19 ‘shocked’ education with steepest declines in half-century...'

9-1-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Apprenticeships might help solve teacher shortage, Murphy says while attending education summit in D.C...' NY Times--The Pandemic Erased Two Decades of Progress in Math and Reading...'

NY Times--The First A.P. African American Studies Class Is Coming This Fall...'

Education Week--Student Wellness Issues for Schools to Watch This Year...'

Education Dive--ESSER guidance ‘desperately needed,’ 700 district leaders tell Cardona...'

8-31-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Gov. Murphy heading to White House to ‘brainstorm’ about solving teacher shortage...' The Record--NJ using $6.5M for digital blueprints of schools to assist first responders...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Want to attract more teachers to the profession? Pay them more.    Editorial...'

NPR--America's kids are going back to school. Not all of their teachers will join them...'

Education Week--These Teachers’ Book List Was Going to Be Restricted. Their Students Fought Back...'

Chalkbeat--Newark schools missed federal requirements for students with disabilities, state finds...'

Education Dive--Teachers say politicians, parents stressing them out...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Seven new studies on the impact of a four-day school week...'

9-30-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ schools grapple with shortage of support staff, not just teachers...'
Star Ledger--With school on the horizon, our first assignment is to keep students safe    Opinion...'

NY Times--Nebraska School Shuts Down Student Newspaper After L.G.B.T.Q. Publication...'

Education Week--Plunging Graduation Rates Signal Long Recovery...'

Education Dive--Arizona launches teacher residency program to address shortages, turnover...'

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