|6-28-19 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Murphy: There Will Be No Shutdown of State Government
Announcement signals governor has given up on push to make a true millionaires tax part of Trenton’s next budget
Gov. Phil Murphy officially ruled out a government shutdown over the state budget yesterday, increasing the likelihood that he’ll instead use the line-item veto pen to get a spending plan more to his liking in place within a matter of days.
John Reitmeyer | June 28, 2019
Star Ledger--N.J. could do away with $191,584 limit on school superintendent salaries. It’s now up to Murphy.
The state Legislature voted Thursday to remove a $191,584 cap on school superintendent salaries in New Jersey, sending a bill to Gov. Phil Murphy that would undo one of former Gov. Chris Christie’s most controversial education policies.
Education Week--Teachers' Unions Expected Big Membership Losses. Here's Why Those Haven't Panned Out
Despite a stinging defeat from the U.S. Supreme Court last summer, teachers’ unions have not seen the mass exodus of teachers that both they and others predicted.
Madeline Will| June 27, 2019
Chalkbeat--Laurene Powell Jobs has given millions to reinvent the American high school. Is it working?
The live, prime-time TV special had Jennifer Hudson singing, Tom Hanks driving a school bus, and Kelly Clarkson singing some more.
Their message was that America needed to reinvent high school. But although the 2017 show — a pricey effort by XQ, the nonprofit backed by Laurene Powell Jobs — attracted over 25 million viewers on a Friday night, it didn’t translate into the cultural moment the organization had hoped for, according to a former employee and another person with knowledge of XQ’s inner workings.
The TV special didn’t lead to the number of new social media followers the organization had counted on. Press reaction was tepid, even downright skeptical. And a later effort to get an Emmy nod for the special, including videos with the tagline “for the consideration of our students” — a play on the phrase “for your consideration” — didn’t pan out either.
It’s an example of how XQ, one of the most ambitious and best-funded school reform initiatives to launch in recent years, has struggled to translate its spending and unconventional strategy into widespread attention to its cause.
Matt Barnum| June 27, 2019
Education Dive--Open house: District leaders invite realtors for inside view on what schools offer
As schools face growing competition, administrators and community leaders reach out to those guiding families in their housing search.
Jeffrey Ramnytz, superintendent at Barberton City Schools outside of Akron, Ohio, has an open-door policy for realtors and clients who want to visit the schools in his district and find out what lies behind the numbers that go into school ratings.
Lucy Hood| June 27, 2019