|10-11-19 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Latest Move to Reduce Youth Vaping in NJ Comes from Major Health Network
Hackensack Meridian Health is putting $1 million toward a “Take Vape Away” campaign and calling on other health networks to take similar initiatives
With the death toll connected to e-cigarette use on the rise nationally, one of New Jersey’s largest health care systems has launched an initiative to reduce youth vaping. The multi-pronged effort by Hackensack Meridian Health includes grants for schools and community programs, a partnership with mental health providers, and a public health study to be conducted by its new medical school.
NJ Spotlight--Murphy’s Target: Replace All Lead Service Lines in NJ by 2029
The plan includes a call for a $500 million bond issue and a requirement for every child to be tested for lead before starting school
On Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled a sweeping agenda designed to eliminate New Jersey’s lead contamination problem in 10 years. The plan includes replacing every lead service line that’s leaching the potent toxin into drinking water and requiring every child to be tested for lead before starting school.
Education Week--States Gird for Spending Reviews of Worst-Performing Districts
Everyone agrees that to craft an effective budget—whether it's for your household or your school district—you have to know where you've spent your money.
Every Student Succeeds Act enshrines that in federal law, requiring for the first time that each state conduct a top-to-bottom review of how its worst-performing districts deploy their money, staff, and time to support school improvement.
It's a nod to growing evidence that how districts spend their money can dramatically improve academic outcomes and recognition among district administrators that their spending patterns and staffing structures are incohesive and don't line up with their academic...
Daarel Burnette II September 24, 2019
Politics K-12 (Education Week)--DeVos Announces Plan to Encourage More Charter Schools in Opportunity Zones
Private consultants will work with charter school networks to assist in opening more of the publicly funded, independently managed schools in economically distressed areas under a plan announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Thursday.
Evie Blad on October 10, 2019 4:39 PM
Edutopia--Screen-Free Days in a 1:1 School
A middle school stows the laptops periodically for an entire day to intentionally foster face-to-face learning experiences and interactions.
I remember the first time I proposed screen-free days in our school to some of our student leaders. It was a couple of years ago, and we were having an informal conversation during recess about the benefits of technology. I asked how they would feel if we had entire days dedicated to learning with no internet-connected devices.
One of the students in the conversation, who I know to have great insights, appeared perplexed. “Do you mean we won’t use our Chromebooks for the whole day? What will we do then?”
Matthew Howell| October 9, 2019
Garden State Coalition of Schools