|1-30-20 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Fine Print: School Guidance for Novel Coronavirus
What it is: The state Department of Health this week released guidance to New Jerseyís public schools for handling the questions ó and fears ó about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China.
What it says: The three-page document, along with a cover sheet from the state Department of Education, provides factual information on the outbreak and recommendations for schools to follow to minimize risk.
Education Week--A Massive Rollout of 'Community Schools' Shows Signs of Paying Off, Report Finds
In 2014, New York City launched a $52 million effort to launch 45 "community schools," part of a nationwide movement to transform schools into neighborhood hubs offering a range of social and health services to students and their families.
That investment, which eventually grew to more than 200 schools, is starting to be paying off, according to an independent evaluation of the schools released this week by the RAND Corporation.
Megan Ruge on January 29, 2020 11:44 AM
Chalkbeat--demographic disconnect: As public schools grow more diverse, school board elections are largely determined by white voters
Itís well known that Americaís teachers donít look much like the countryís students. It turns out that the voters who elect Americaís school boards donít, either.
A new study appears to be the first of its kind to quantify the demographic mismatch, and itís sizable. Across four states, including California, researchers estimate that school board voters are much whiter and more affluent than the public school student body.
Matt Barnum| January 29, 2020