4-10-19 Education in the News

Star Ledger--Most of us don’t have a say in how our school taxes are spent. These 2 districts are changing that.

Seven years after New Jersey adopted a law allowing school district elections in November, voters in two municipalities are going back in time.

School board races and annual budgets will be on the ballot April 16 in Clifton and Ridgewood after local officials in both places agreed in 2018 to return the elections to the spring.

Elections will be held in 12 other districts next week, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association.

The vast majority of New Jersey’s 500-plus school districts moved their elections from the third Tuesday in April, to the traditional Election Day in November, after then-Gov. Chris Christie in 2012 signed a major change in how the votes could be conducted.

https://www.nj.com/news/2019/04/most-of-us-dont-have-a-say-in-how-our-school-taxes-are-spent-these-2-districts-are-changing-that.html

Rob Jennings | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted Apr 9, 7:51 AM

 

 

Chalkbeat--Feeling ‘cheated’ by her own schooling, this award-winning N.J. math teacher tried to become the teacher she never had

When Carolyn Garcia tells her students at Abington Avenue School in Newark that they have what it takes to succeed, she is speaking from experience.

“I went into school not knowing a lick of English,” said Garcia, who teaches seventh-grade math at Abington Avenue, where nearly one in five students last year was still learning to speak English.

Garcia grew up in Jersey City, where she graduated from a public high school before heading to Montclair State University. Once there, she realized that all her hard-won accomplishments in high school had still left her trailing peers with more privileged upbringings. She struggled especially with writing and was assigned a tutor.

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/newark/2019/04/09/feeling-cheated-by-her-own-schooling-this-award-winning-nj-math-teacher-tried-to-become-the-teacher-she-never-had/

Patrick Wall |April 9, 2019

 

Hechinger Report--OPINION: How to shatter the education system’s glass ceiling

New report outlines 3 steps to help women become top school leaders

In schools, we tell all children that they can be anything they want.

It’s a striking irony that the leaders of our school systems — district superintendents and state chiefs — overwhelmingly are white men.

A report that we at Chiefs for Change are releasing today takes a hard look at this issue and offers solutions that every school system and leader in America can put into action.

When we committed to developing a prepared, diverse cadre of leader-candidates dedicated to student-centered visions of change, we saw an encouraging number of candidates of color earn top jobs.

https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-how-to-shatter-educations-glass-ceiling/

Julia Rafal-Baer| April 9, 2019