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2-6-20 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Repollet Looks to Ease Back on Key Gauge of Teacher Accountability

Education commissioner wants to reduce weighting of student growth objectives from 25% to 15%

Eight years after New Jersey’s landmark teacher tenure reforms were enacted, the Murphy administration is moving to further scale back some of their strictest measures of accountability. State Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet yesterday presented to the state Board of Education a series of revisions to the 2012 law’s administrative code, including a reduction of the weight assigned to quantitative measures of teacher performance.


John Mooney | February 6, 2020 | Education



Star Ledger--N.J.'s education chief could leave for college president job

New Jersey Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet is among the candidates being considered as the next president of Kean University, two sources with knowledge of the discussions told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday.


Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com and Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com |Updated Feb 05, 2020; Posted Feb 05, 2020



Jersey Journal--N.J. Supreme Court will hear case on Jersey City school district’s deal to pay union reps’ salaries

The fight over whether the Jersey City Public Schools can use taxpayer money to pay teachers union representatives is heading to the state Supreme Court.


Joshua Rosario | The Jersey Journal| Updated Feb 05, 2020; Posted Feb 05, 2020


NY Times--Facial Recognition Moves Into a New Front: Schools

A district in upstate New York has adopted the technology in the name of safety. Opponents cite privacy and bias concerns.

LOCKPORT, N.Y. — Jim Shultz tried everything he could think of to stop facial recognition technology from entering the public schools in Lockport, a small city 20 miles east of Niagara Falls. He posted about the issue in a Facebook group called Lockportians. He wrote an Op-Ed in The New York Times. He filed a petition with the superintendent of the district, where his daughter is in high school.


 Davey Alba| Feb. 6, 2020, 3:00 a.m. ET


Education Week--Data: 5 Big Challenges in Preparing K-12 Students for the World of Work

Why preparing students for the world of work is so hard

Once a month, students at Coxsackie-Athens High School near Albany, N.Y., can have a pizza lunch with local employers, including a national pharmaceutical company and an HVAC organization.


Alyson Klein| February 4, 2020


Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--'Government Schools' or Public Schools? Trump, DeVos, and the Language of School Choice

President Donald Trump didn't coin the phrase "government schools." But he gave it a big stage and a broader public audience during Tuesday's State of the Union address, when he used it to urge Congress to back a bill that would provide $5 billion in tax credits to support scholarships for private school admission, tutoring, and other educational services.


Evie Blad on February 5, 2020 5:36 PM


Chalkbeat--Newark school board considers limiting public comment at meetings

Even after coming under fire for their alleged disinterest in hearing public input, the Newark school board is weighing whether to limit the number of speakers at monthly board meetings.


Devna Bose| February 5, 2020



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