5-17-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Politicians Could Punt To Voters On How To Put NJ’s Fiscal House In Order

Locked in bitter dispute with governor over budget, senate president proposes a referendum on cuts in public-worker benefits

New Jersey voters could soon be dragged into an ongoing and increasingly bitter dispute over how best to address the biggest fiscal challenges that continue to dominate the latest state budget discussions in Trenton.

Under a plan unveiled yesterday by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), a series of proposed public-worker benefits cuts that are designed to free up cash for other items and also ease the burden on local property-tax bills would be put before voters in the form of proposed constitutional amendments, as early as this year.

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/19/05/16/politicians-could-punt-to-voters-on-how-to-put-njs-fiscal-house-in-order/

John Reitmeyer | May 17, 2019

 

NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers Hear From Officials About Teacher Shortage In New Jersey

State officials are working to address shortfalls in the ranks of math, science, bilingual-instruction, ESL and career and technical educators

There’s a teachers shortage in New Jersey. That’s according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/19/05/16/lawmakers-hear-from-officials-about-teacher-shortage-in-new-jersey/

Raven Santana | NJTV News | May 17, 2019

 

Star Ledger--A white guy asked if Hispanic kids learn American history. Now, he’s getting slammed.

Jack Fornaro said he was just being “inquisitive” when he raised the question at a state Board of Education meeting.

“With the demographics that you have indicated here, you know, the high population that is Hispanic, and, uh, I am just wondering, do you teach American history as a required course,” Fornaro, a state board member, asked Paterson school officials.

The answers is obviously yes. And, now, Fornaro is facing backlash from two state lawmakers who condemned his May 1 comments as “shocking” and “insensitive."

  https://www.nj.com/education/2019/05/a-white-guy-asked-if-hispanic-kids-learn-american-history-now-hes-getting-slammed.html

Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com|  Updated May 16, 10:55 PM; Posted May 16, 2:16 PM

 

Star Ledger--This tiny school district is facing a 77% cut in state aid. Here’s what it’s doing about it.

The good news for residents of Logan Township is school taxes for a typical homeowner are going down by almost $10 to fund the next school year.

The bad news is they are likely to give that back and then some in coming years because of a projected 77 percent cut in state funding for the K-8 district over the next six years.

https://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/2019/05/this-tiny-school-district-is-facing-a-77-cut-in-state-aid-heres-what-its-doing-about-it.html

Bill Duhart | For NJ.com|  Posted May 16, 8:40 AM

 

The Record—Educators, Activists Ask NJ to Dump Graduation Tests

Under a 1979 state law high school students have to pass a state exam in math and English in order to graduate. 

https://www.northjersey.com/get-access/?return=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.northjersey.com%2Fstory%2Fnews%2Fnew-jersey%2F2019%2F05%2F14%2Feducators-activists-ask-nj-get-rid-graduation-testing%2F3666135002%2F

Hannan Adely| May 17, 2019

 

Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--College SAT results to include another score: Hardship in students’ lives

An “adversity score” will be added to SAT college entrance test results, rating applicants on environmental factors

https://www.philly.com/education/sat-college-board-adversity-score-entrance-test-admissions-student-20190517.html

Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, Updated: May 16, 2019- 9:42 PM

 

 

Press of Atlantic City--Sweeney group introduces 27 bills to rein in cost of government

Legislative leaders introduced a 27-bill package Thursday to institute reforms called for by Senate President Steve Sweeney's 'Path to Progress' initiative, according to Senate Democrats.

Legislative leaders introduced a 27-bill package Thursday to institute reforms called for by Senate President Steve Sweeney’s “Path to Progress” initiative, according to Senate Democrats.

Sweeney said the bills are designed to fix New Jersey’s fiscal crisis, restore the stability of the pension system and save tens of billions of dollars for taxpayers.

“The Path to Progress is the path to real, sustainable tax relief in a state with the highest property taxes, the second-largest unfunded pension liability, the second-worst credit rating and the fifth-highest overall tax burden in the nation,” Sweeney, D-Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland, said in a statement.

https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/new_jersey/sweeney-group-introduces-bills-to-rein-in-cost-of-government/article_c56c52d2-6b8d-5cdf-8813-4312c189dad2.html

MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST Staff Writer | May 17, 2019

 

Education Week--Substitute Teacher Shot in Santa Fe High School Attack Says Subs Need Safety Training

Flo Rice, who was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on the day a student gunman killed 10 people, was shot multiple times in both legs. Since the shooting, Rice and her husband have advocated for substitute teachers to be included in all school safety trainings and drills.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/05/15/substitute-teacher-shot-in-santa-fe-high.html

 

Evie Blad| May 15, 2019, Updated May 16, 2019