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1-13-20 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--‘Far-Reaching’ School Segregation Lawsuit Kicks Off in Trenton

Superior Court judge signals that a swift resolution is unlikely, encourages negotiations with state

It may soon go down in the lexicon of New Jersey’s most famous equity court cases: Latino Action Network v. State of New Jersey.

Right up there with the Abbott v. Burke school finance case and Mt. Laurel’s affordable housing rulings, the nascent school segregation lawsuit brought by the Latino rights group and others opened in earnest in a Trenton courtroom on Friday.


John Mooney | January 13, 2020 | Education


NJ Spotlight--Interactive Map: Enrollment Data Shows Segregation Persists in NJ School System

While New Jersey’s public school population is highly diverse overall, that is not reflected in most districts or schools


 Colleen O'Dea | January 13, 2020 | Maps, Map of the Week



Star Ledger--Bill to eliminate religion as a reason not to vaccinate N.J. kids is in trouble again

Thousands of protesters gather outside the Statehouse in Trenton on Thursday to protest a bill that would remove vaccination exemptions based on a family's religious beliefs in New Jersey.

On the eve of one of the most dramatic votes in recent Statehouse history, state Senate leaders struggled again to find enough support to pass a bill that would end religion as a reason for children to avoid vaccinations to attend day care and public school in New Jersey.

Democrats who control the 40-member Sendate do not have 21 votes needed to pass the bill, according to legislative sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not have permission to discuss the status of negotiations.


Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media| Updated Jan 12, 2020;Posted Jan 12, 2020



NY Times--Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.

We analyzed some of the most popular social studies textbooks used in California and Texas. Here’s how political divides shape what students learn about the nation’s history.


Dana Goldstein| Jan. 12, 2020


NPR--What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary

If you find the news out of Iran or Australia unsettling, imagine how a child might be feeling right now. NPR's Life Kit spoke with a handful of child development experts about what parents, teachers and other caregivers can do to help prepare and protect kids from all the scary news out there, whether it's fighting overseas, a school shooting or a devastating wildfire. Here's what those experts had to say:


Anya Kamenetz, Cory Turner| January 10, 20203:27 PM ET


Philadelphia Inquirer (via Education Week)--A Quarter of Kids With Autism May Go Undiagnosed, Study Finds

A new Rutgers study has found that one-fourth of children with autism spectrum disorder may go undiagnosed.

Moreover, children whose autism is not recognized are more likely to be black or Hispanic, according to findings published last month in the journal Autism Research.


Rita Giordano, The Philadelphia Inquirer| January 10, 2020


Education Dive--RAND Corp project to survey districts, charter groups

Building on its American Educator Panels, which have provided a glimpse into teachers’ and school leaders’ thoughts on issues such as school discipline and instructional methods, the RAND Corporation is launching a new set of surveys for school districts and charter management organizations.

With $4.8 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the research organization will work with the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington, Chiefs for Change and Kitamba, a consulting firm, to develop and administer the American School District Panel over a three-year period. According to a press release, the project will be “the first nationally representative, longitudinal panel of school districts” in the U.S.


Linda Jacobson @lrj417| Jan. 10, 2020


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