|6-17-19 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Charge that Taxpayer Funds to Defunct Charter Schools Can’t Be Traced
Report claims shortcomings in federal accountability processes mean millions of dollars in New Jersey and billions nationwide cannot be tallied
Dozens of charter schools in New Jersey have closed over the past few years with millions of dollars of federal taxpayer money unaccounted for, a report alleges.
Carly Sitrin | June 17, 2019
NJ Spotlight--NJ Kids Rank Well in Health and Education, Less Well in Economic Security
New report rates state fifth in nation for how its children are faring overall, but New Jersey does not do well in key area; racial gap remains a concern
Colleen O'Dea | June 17, 2019
The Record—Bill Would Allow Some Districts to Run Child Care
Under pressure from businesses, a bill that would allow some school districts to operate child care centers has been scaled back
Meghan Grant| June 15, 2019
Education Week--Why Unpaid School Meal Bills Cause Heartburn for Administrators
When adults don't pay their electric bills, the power company responds by turning out the lights. But when students show up to school with unpaid lunch bills, cafeteria workers struggle to respond in a way that doesn't hurt or stigmatize a child. Some serve "alternative meals," like cheese sandwiches, to students with negative balances beyond a certain threshold.
Evie Blad| June 11, 2019 | Corrected: June 13, 2019
Education Dive--Improvements in school culture can increase student attendance
Maurice J. Elias, a professor in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University and director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, shared on Edutopia a two-step process for reducing chronic absenteeism. The first step involves identifying and overcoming barriers to school attendance and the second is creating a school environment that encourages student attendance.
Amelia Harper | June 14, 2019