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12-16-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Controversial Bill to Eliminate Religious Vaccine Exemption Set for Final Vote

Passage of measure would mean better protection for public health in NJ, supporters say; opponents decry it as a violation of their freedom of choice

State lawmakers are poised to vote today on a controversial bill to require youngsters be fully vaccinated before attending public and private educational programs in New Jersey from preschool through college ó unless a doctor has provided an exemption based on specific medical guidelines.

https://www.njspotlight.com/2019/12/controversial-bill-to-eliminate-religious-vaccine-exemption-set-for-final-vote/

Lilo H. Stainton | December 16, 2019 | Health Care

Star Ledger--Regional spelling bee will go on, after chain of radio stations picks up sponsorship

Take that dictionary back down off the shelf, spellers. The bee is on again.

After a brief scare when middle schoolers from Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties were told that this springís regional spelling bee had been cancelled due to a lack of sponsorship, the tri-county areaís qualifying round for this Juneís Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland will take place after all, now that a former sponsor that operates a chain of New Jersey radio stations has stepped in to once again pay for the event.

https://www.nj.com/education/2019/12/regional-spelling-bee-will-go-on-after-chain-of-radio-stations-picks-up-sponsorship.html

Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Dec 14, 12:09 PM;Posted Dec 14, 11:44 AM

NPR--Fewer Students Are Going To College. Here's Why That Matters

This fall, there were nearly 250,000 fewer students enrolled in college than a year ago, according to new numbers out Monday from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks college enrollment by student.

"That's a lot of students that we're losing," says Doug Shapiro, who leads the research center at the Clearinghouse.

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/16/787909495/fewer-students-are-going-to-college-heres-why-that-matters

Elissa Nadworny| December 16, 20195:00 AM ET

Education Week--Should Schools Still Play Dodgeball?

Is dodgeball a harmless, time-honored game or school-sanctioned bullying?

Every now and again, charged debate over whether dodgeball should be played in schools flares up in the media and provokes polarizing arguments.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/12/11/should-schools-still-play-dodgeball.html

Arianna Prothero| December 10, 2019

Chalkbeat--Iím a school librarian whose students are digital natives, but their access to e-books is limited

Iíll admit it.† Iím an old school reader.† I love the print copies of books, the sleek look of the cover, the feel of the pages, the way I can mark text up with a pen, and yes, dog ear my stopping points. And I have many students just like me, who love discovering books on our school library shelves and taking them home.

But I also have many who have grown up with a tablet, digital natives get that same feeling of natural reading that I do when they fire up their Kindle or iPad.†

As a high school librarian, I want to help students read as much as they can, however they prefer. Yet by limiting access and setting prohibitive prices, publishing companies make it extremely difficult to serve students who would rather read an e-book.

https://chalkbeat.org/posts/chicago/2019/12/13/librarian-books-students-want-digital-reads-but-the-system-is-broken/

Gina Caneva| December 13, 2019


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