|11-16-18 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Teachers Sue State, NJEA for Allegedly Violating Supreme Court Ruling on Union Dues
Two Ocean Township teachers file federal class action suit, want to be able to opt out more easily
Two Ocean Township teachers are filing a federal class action suit against the state of New Jersey, the NJEA and their local union. They claim the labor groups are violating a recent U.S. Supreme Court Janus ruling that prevents unions from collecting dues if a public employee opts out.
Sue Fischer, one of the teachers, said that after three decades of NJEA membership, she has had enough. “I am not anti-union. I am a team player,” she said. “I’ve been a teacher for 30 years… You have to pay if you join and pay if you don’t join. That was so un-American to us.”
NJTV News Online | November 16, 2018
Star Ledger--N.J. kids stranded in schools, on buses late into the night in snowstorm chaos
It was the school day that would not end for children around New Jersey Thursday as many students were stranded at school or stuck in buses well after dark as a snowstorm crippled the state's roads and rails.
School districts across the state reported students still at school waiting for their parents to pick them up at 9 p.m. Other districts said school buses remained trapped on streets or had to return to school because they were unable to get to students' neighborhoods.
Kelly Heyboer| Updated 6:38 AM; Posted Nov 15, 10:27 PM
Education Week--Study: Having Just One Black Teacher Can Up Black Students' Chances of Going to College
If a black student has just one or two black teachers in elementary school, that student is significantly more likely to enroll in college, a new Johns Hopkins University study has found.
Black students who had just one black teacher by 3rd grade were 13 percent more likely to enroll in college, while those who had two black teachers were 32 percent more likely, the study found. These findings are a continuation of the 2017 study that found that a low-income black student's probability of dropping out of high school is reduced by 29 percent if he or she has one black teacher...
Madeline Will on November 12, 2018 4:17 PM
Garden State Coalition of Schools