1-16-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--State of the State: Murphy Doubles Down on Push to Fix Economic Incentive Program

During a rebuttal news conference, GOP lawmakers push back on the governor’s anti-Christie theme

Gov. Phil Murphy used the annual State of the State address yesterday to both showcase the new direction New Jersey is headed after eight years under Republican Chris Christie and highlight an urgent need to remake one of the state’s signature economic-development policies.

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/19/01/15/state-of-the-state-murphy-doubles-down-on-push-to-fix-economic-incentive-program/

John Reitmeyer | January 16, 2019

 

 

Star Ledger--Sorry, ACT. Kids accused of cheating can now sue you, N.J. judge says

A judge has sided with a New Jersey teenager accused of cheating on the ACT exams, saying a clause test-takers must sign giving up their rights to sue the testing company is “unconscionable” and “void as against public policy."

The ruling from Somerset County Judge Michael Rogers means Readington Township teenager Brendan Clare can seek damages from ACT Inc., the company that runs the test and threatened to invalidate his scores. It also opens the door for teenagers across the country to attempt to sue the testing company citing Rogers' ruling.

https://www.nj.com/education/2019/01/sorry-act-kids-accused-of-cheating-can-now-sue-you-nj-judge-says.html

Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Jan 15, 4:31 PM; Posted Jan 15, 4:31 PM

 

 

Education Week--New Setback for PARCC as Another State Abandons Test

New Mexico and New Jersey reconsider use of exam

New Mexico has joined a long list of states that have abandoned the PARCC test, setting off yet another round of speculation that the exam will go the way of the dinosaur.

But PARCC's overseers say they've got a plan to keep questions from the test—which was created with $180 million in federal money—in circulation.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/01/16/new-setback-for-parcc-as-another-state.html

Catherine Gewertz| January 14, 2019 | Corrected: January 15, 2019