|5-23-19 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Sweeney Wants $50M Extra for Special Ed But No More Funds for Losing Districts
Increase would go to ‘extraordinary aid’ for students with greatest needs. Senate president says districts facing steep cuts in state support shouldn’t expect additional aid
Senate President Steve Sweeney yesterday had some good financial news — and some not-so-good financial news — for New Jersey’s public schools as they face the next fiscal year.
John Mooney | May 23, 2019
Star Ledger—Op-Ed: We need to make health care more affordable for educators, NJEA says
Working as an educator in New Jersey’s public schools is many things: important, challenging, and professionally rewarding. Like many other careers, it is also difficult, exhausting and sometimes demoralizing. Since 2011, though, it has also become something more dangerous: economically unsustainable. That poses a threat to the quality of New Jersey’s public schools and the wellbeing of our students and communities.
Marie Blistan and Ed Richardson| Star-Ledger Guest Columnists| Updated May 22, 2:35 PM; Posted May 22, 11:31 AM
Education Week--Next Step in Diversity Training: Teachers Learn to Face Their Unconscious Biases
Diversity training asks teachers to understand students' different backgrounds. Implicit-bias training goes further, and asks teachers to look at themselves
Teachers—and their implicit biases—can directly impact the opportunities afforded to students of color. Teachers make the first decisions about behavioral consequences that lead to referrals and suspensions. And they often serve as gatekeepers for gifted, honors, and Advanced Placement courses, deciding who to recommend for these tracks.
As part of efforts to address these inequities, some districts are turning to professional development.
Sarah Schwartz| May 14, 2019
Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Betsy DeVos Visited a School. Here's Why Her Staff Didn't Publicize It in Advance
An under-the-radar visit to a California public school by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has highlighted the angry reaction DeVos can still draw from some members of the public, as well as the balancing act school leaders must engage in when a prominent official comes to visit.
When DeVos visited the Poway Unified district near San Diego May 16, her staff asked school officials not to publicize the visit beforehand, …
Andrew Ujifusa on May 22, 2019 4:54 PM