1-21-20 Education in the News

Star Ledger--Kids who apply themselves may lose out when applying to college | Opinion

For all that’s been done in the name of inclusion, diversity and removing barriers to opportunity in our society, there are little things that we didn’t know were barriers until we were confronted with them directly. These barriers are not necessarily anyone’s fault. There’s no one to blame, but they’re barriers nonetheless.

https://www.nj.com/opinion/2020/01/kids-who-apply-themselves-may-lose-out-when-applying-to-college-opinion.html

Albert B. Kelly | Guest Columnist| Posted Jan 20, 2020

 

 

Washington Post--Q&A: In ‘Slaying Goliath,’ Diane Ravitch argues public education advocates have beat back privatization efforts

Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch is publishing a new book Tuesday, the latest in her years-long chronicling of how the modern school “reform” movement has harmed students, teachers and schools.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/01/21/slaying-goliath-diane-ravitch-argues-new-book-that-public-education-advocates-have-beat-back-efforts-privatize-schools/

Valerie Strauss| Reporter| Jan. 21, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. EST

 

 

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--What You Should Know About the Supreme Court Case the Education World Is Watching

An argument over a $150 tax credit in Montana could have broad effects for school choice nationally, potentially opening the door to expanded use of public funds to support students' enrollment at private schools. 

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue (Case No. 18-1195), a case brought by three Montana families who argue the state unconstiutionally prohibited religious schools from a program that would provide tax credits for donations to private school scholarship programs.

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2020/01/montana-blaine-religious-voucher-choice.html

Evie Blad on January 20, 2020 3:55 PM

 

Chalkbeat--Money for college? Newark helps students tackle the complex federal aid form

Filling out the federal student aid application is challenging even for savvy parents. For those who aren’t native English speakers, the complicated form can be mind-boggling. Thanks to volunteers and an organized campaign in Newark, more families can now tackle the form. 

The Newark FAFSA Challenge is a collaborative effort that local organizations, government officials, and school administrators launched in October to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which makes them eligible to receive federal grants, work-study, and loans. Last year, 2,094 of Newark’s 3,519 graduating students completed their applications.

https://chalkbeat.org/posts/newark/2020/01/17/newark-fafsa-challenge-underway/

Devna Bose|   January 17, 2020