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1-16-20 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Explainer: What Happens to a Bill When a Legislative Session Ends

How process usually works and what changes once new lawmakers are sworn into office

New Jersey just completed its biannual changing of the State House guard, with the swearing in of the 219th Legislature and the start of a new cycle of lawmaking.


Colleen O'Dea | January 16, 2020 | Explainer, Politics



Star Ledger--Murphy says he supports removing religion as a reason to skip child vaccinations in N.J.

Hundreds of parents protest a controversial child vaccination bill at the Statehouse in Trenton on Monday.

Gov. Phil Murphy made it clear Wednesday that he would sign a bill into law that would no longer allow parents to cite religion as a reason to avoid getting their children the vaccinations required to attend school in New Jersey.


Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Jan 15, 2020;Posted Jan 15, 2020


Education Week--What Does Big Tech Want From Schools? (Spoiler Alert: It's Not Money)

Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft are increasingly ubiquitous in K-12 education

It’s hard to miss the impact of Big Tech on classrooms today.

Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft pour millions into K-12 through philanthropies. Microsoft and Google create products just for schools—and give them away for free. All four spearhead efforts to expand computer science courses, teach kids to code, or join the engineering profession. Some enlist educators to serve as representatives and sounding boards for the companies.


Alyson Klein| January 7, 2020


Chalkbeat--Study: Newark’s large charter school networks give students a big boost. Other charters, not so much.

Newark students who attend charter schools run by KIPP and Uncommon Schools experience big improvements in their test scores, while students who attend a different set of charter schools see much smaller gains.

Newark’s largest charter school networks give students a big bump in their test scores, while other charter schools are far less effective at boosting scores, a new study finds.


Patrick Wall | January 15, 2020


Education Dive--FETC 2020: District shares tips, benefits for launching student-run IT help desk

A student technology internship program made a 1:1 tech transformation in New York's Webster Central School District possible while giving students valuable skills and practical experience.

MIAMI — In a Tuesday afternoon session at the Future of Education Technology Conference, Brian Zimmer and Joe Montemaro, both directors of educational technology for New York's Webster Central School District, shared how they supported a 1:1 initiative by placing students in support roles.

While this sort of initiative gives schools and districts the benefit of additional support for existing IT staff without necessitating new hires, its true benefit lies in valuable practical experience that students can add to their resumés.


Roger Riddell @EdDiveRoger| Jan. 15, 2020


Edutopia--7 Ways to Make Teaching a More Sustainable Profession

Tips for school leaders seeking to foster an environment that supports, engages, and motivates teachers.

Years ago, a new teacher I was mentoring up and left the profession after two years. She was brilliant, enthusiastic, and well-loved by colleagues, students, and families, and she inspired me to write the book Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Might Stop the Exodus.

With each day that I work with teachers, I am more convinced that it is vital to the future of public education that we make teaching a more sustainable, humane profession.


Katy Farber| January 14, 2020


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