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1-31-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Murphy’s ‘Computer Science for All’ Initiative Off to Modest Start

Governor announces first $2 million in grants for high-tech program will be divvied up among 29 school districts

Gov. Phil Murphy’s “Computer Science for All” initiative will be starting out as computer science for some.

Murphy yesterday traveled to Belleville High School to announce that the first $2 million in grants would be used to help launch or enhance computer science programs in 29 school districts and charter schools. He said it would open up 900 more classroom seats in those schools.

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/19/01/31/murphys-computer-science-for-all-initiative-off-to-modest-start/

John Mooney | January 31, 2019

 

 

NY Times--Success of Los Angeles Teachers Strike Rocks Charter Schools, and a Rich Supporter

LOS ANGELES — Carrying protest signs, thousands of teachers and their allies converged last month on the shimmering contemporary art museum in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Clad in red, they denounced “billionaire privatizers” and the museum’s patron, Eli Broad. The march was a preview of the attacks the union would unleash during the teachers’ strike, which ended last week.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/us/charter-schools-los-angeles.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Feducation&action=click&contentCollection=education®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Jennifer Medina and Dana Goldstein| Jan. 28, 2019

 

Education Week--Schools Would Get $100 Billion for Repairs, Rebuilding in Democrats' Bill

Democrats are once again pitching a big plan to fix up America's schools. But it follows several false starts in the last few years to address this issue inside the Beltway from both parties.

Under the Rebuild America's Schools Act, unveiled by House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday in Washington, the federal government would provide $70 billion in direct funding for school repairs and rebuilding, along with $30 billion in tax-credit bonds. The bill would also create "a comprehensive national database on the condition of public school facilities," according to a fact sheet put out by the Democrats. 

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2019/01/schools-repair-rebuild-100-billion-democrats-infrastructure.html

Andrew Ujifusa on January 30, 2019 1:32 PM

 

 

The HechingerReport--OPINION: ‘Programs that give every student a computer instead of time with a teacher are misguided’

A look at two Rhode Island elementary schools

In recent years, the state of Rhode Island has engaged in many innovative learning projects. This past semester I had the opportunity to observe two elementary classrooms using technology in new and exciting ways.

One was a fifth-grade class at Whelan Elementary School in North Providence, Rhode Island, that had just agreed to begin a commercial personalized learning program. The other was a third-grade blended-learning classroom at Lincoln Central Elementary School, in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-programs-that-give-every-student-a-computer-instead-of-time-with-a-teacher-are-misguided/

Marcy Zipke| January 31, 2019

 

 


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