|2-18-20 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Federal Judge Next Up in Disputes Over Special-Ed Kids
New Jersey DOE in court for failing to meet federal and state timelines for resolving disputes between districts and parents of special-needs students
For the past year, the Murphy administration has been under U.S. Department of Education pressure to speed up its special education procedures.
On Tuesday, it will go before a federal judge who could crank up the pace even further.
U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman is expected to hear oral arguments in Camden on a year-old complaint against the state Department of Education and specifically Commissioner Lamont Repollet for failing to meet federal and state timelines for hearing and moving disputes between families and school districts over services provided special-needs children.
Star Ledger--N.J. should pay for kids to switch schools over ‘harmful’ curriculum, lawmaker says
A New Jersey lawmaker wants the state to pay to send students to private school if their parents are offended by what they are learning. And the plan is already being ripped as an attack on New Jersey’s requirement for an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum.
Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Feb 15, 2020; Posted Feb 15, 2020
NY Times--An Old and Contested Solution to Boost Reading Scores: Phonics
As test scores lag, there’s a growing debate between proponents of the “science of reading,” which emphasizes phonics, and traditional educators who prefer to instill a love of literature.
WASHINGTON — “Bit!” Ayana Smith called out as she paced the alphabet rug in front of her kindergarten students at Garrison Elementary School.
Dana Goldstein| Feb. 15, 2020
Education Week—Op-Ed: We Lost Family at Parkland. You Should Learn From Our Personal Tragedy
Basic security steps could have prevented the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Valentine's Day is a tough day for us.
On February 14th two years ago, a 19-year-old male, widely known to be troubled and dangerous, walked effortlessly through an unlocked and unmonitored gate into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Tony Montalto, April Schentrup & Debbi Hixon| February 11, 2020
Education Dive--FRAC report finds 12.4M students received free and reduced-price breakfasts last year
The School Breakfast Scorecard, released by Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), reports 12.4 million children received a free or reduced-price school breakfast on an average school day in the 2018-19 school year, down 6,000 students — a relatively small percentage — from the prior year.
Shawna De La Rosa| Feb. 14, 2020
Garden State Coalition of Schools