7-16-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--See How Much Your School District Is Gaining, or Losing, in ‘Redistributed’ Aid

There’s been a net increase of $350M in funding. Some districts are winners, but others are losers. Who wins, who loses?

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/07/15/see-exactly-how-much-your-school-district-gained-or-lost-in-redistributed-aid/

John Mooney | July 16, 2018

 

NJ Spotlight--Tackling Teen Suicides in NJ — and the Online Connection

Lawmakers propose studying effects of electronic devices, online communication on schoolchildren. In related move, they want kids to be assessed for symptoms of depression

With suicide the third leading cause of death among teens, New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a couple of new proposals to try and deal with the problem.

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/07/15/tackling-teen-suicides-in-nj-and-the-online-connection/

Lilo H. Stainton | July 16, 2018

 

Star Ledger--Which kids will still take PARCC? What N.J.'s testing overhaul means for every grade

Standardized testing as New Jersey students have known it for the past four years is about to undergo a major overhaul. 

If Gov. Phil Murphy gets his way, he will eliminate some PARCC tests, shorten others and scrub the PARCC name from the controversial exams. 

What does it all mean for students? 

https://www.nj.com/education/2018/07/confused_about_parcc_heres_what_the_changes_mean_f.html#incart_river_index

Adam Clark| Updated Jul 14; Posted Jul 14

 

Star Ledger--Murphy scores political points on the PARCC | Editorial

Gov. Phil Murphy just announced that he will start phasing out the PARCC test, our state's most powerful diagnostic tool for student achievement.
 
Like an MRI scan, it can detect hidden problems, pinpointing a child's weaknesses, and identifying where a particular teacher's strategy isn't working. This made it both invaluable, and a political lighting rod.

https://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/07/murphy_scores_political_points_on_the_parcc_editor.html#incart_river_index

Star-Ledger Editorial Board| Updated Jul 15, 6:31 AM; Posted Jul 15, 6:30 AM

 

The Record--More cuts to NJ pensions and health benefits? Not so fast, says Phil Murphy

Sweeney's cost-cutting crusade puts Murphy in a bind

Senate President Stephen Sweeney's plan to wring savings out of government is also putting the squeeze on Gov. Phil Murphy.

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/columnists/charles-stile/2018/07/16/nj-pensions-benefits-cuts-phil-murphy/775804002/

Charles Stile, NorthJersey Published 6:09 a.m. ET July 16, 2018

 

Education Week--With Onslaught of Emails and Ads, Conservative Groups Push Teachers to Drop Their Unions

In the days after the Janus decision, right-wing groups have sent emails and placed ads urging teachers to drop their union membership. The Mackinac Center, a free-market think tank in Michigan, sent emails featuring this image to union members in New York state.

Conservative, free-market groups across the country have launched campaigns aimed at persuading teachers to drop out of their unions, in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will put a dent in unions’ finances and membership numbers.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/07/12/with-onslaught-of-emails-and-ads-conservative.html

Sarah Schwartz | July 12, 2018