|3-27-19 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Student Bill of Rights Central to New State Plan for Higher Education
Long-terms goals include making college more affordable, keeping talent in New Jersey, and giving students a stronger voice
Carly Sitrin | March 27, 2019
The Record—Cashing in on Charter Schools: Investigation: How NJ taxpayers pumped millions to charter schools
NJ taxpayers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to construct and renovate charter school buildings,...
The Record| March 27, 2019
The Record—Former NJ Assembly Speaker Talks Charter Schools
Former Assembly Speaker Joe Doria talks charter schools
Joe Doria| March 27, 2019
Washington Post (via Philadelphia Inquirer)-- DeVos defends proposal to cut billions in education spending
WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday defended her request to cut billions of dollars from the agency's budget, and Democrats attacked her plan as outrageous and damaging to students who need the most help.
Democrats were also cold to DeVos' plan to use the federal tax code to support private-school scholarships, suggesting that the secretary's priorities will face another tough year in Congress.
Laura Meckler, The Washington Post, Updated: March 27, 2019
Chalkbeat--Three misleading claims Betsy DeVos made before Congress
Betsy DeVos was back before Congress Tuesday.
The education secretary, who drew national attention at her confirmation hearing, fielded questions from testy Democrats who pressed her on proposed federal education cuts, expanded charter and voucher programs, and school discipline. She was there to defend the administration’s budget proposal, which, if recent history is any guide, will largely be ignored by Congress.
The exchanges underscored long-standing differences between DeVos and progressives skeptical of her educational philosophy.
Matt Barnum| March 26, 2019
NY Times--‘They’re Leaving Us With Nothing’: Cuts of 150 Teachers Threaten Troubled N.J. City
More than 200 education jobs cut, including 150 teachers and 23 vice principals. Class sizes would balloon. Art and music classes would be erased.
The budget proposed by the school board in Paterson, the third largest city in New Jersey, offered a staggering package of cuts. Officials said they have no choice but to make the cuts that stand to undo years of gains by the long-struggling school district.
Sarah Maslin Nir| March 27, 2019