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3-20-20 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Making Sure NJ’s Special-Needs Students Are Served During School Closures

The statewide closure of New Jersey schools has been front and center in many COVID-19 discussions, its impact on teaching and learning unprecedented. There may be no better indicator of the urgency of these concerns than the conversations about how the state’s roughly 200,000 special-needs students will continue to be served.


John Mooney | March 20, 2020 | Education, Coronavirus in NJ



Star Ledger--Should N.J. allow virtual school days during blizzards? Lawmakers think so.

New Jersey is less than a week into its experiment with virtual school days, but state lawmakers are already prepared to make them a staple of future emergency situations.


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted Mar 19, 2020



Star Ledger--Which New Jersey schools have connections with coronavirus cases? We list them.

As more people in New Jersey receive tests and are diagnosed with coronavirus, more schools are finding connections to the outbreak.

Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday the state now has at least 742 cases, including at least nine deaths, as officials announced 312 new positive tests.

By Thursday morning, the following schools had reported contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. This post will be updated as more cases are announced.


Amanda Hoover | NJ Advance Media For NJ.com| Updated Mar 19, 2020; Posted Mar 19, 2020


Star Ledger--Senate passes NJEA-backed health care overhaul for Jersey teachers

The state Senate on Thursday approved a plan to overhaul health insurance plans for New Jersey teachers, the result of an improbable deal between rival leaders of the Senate and the powerful teachers union.


By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Mar 19, 2020; Posted Mar 19, 2020


Asbury Park Press--Even small gatherings a bad idea for children during outbreak of coronavirus, NJ experts say

In at least one North Jersey district, the closure of schools due to coronavirus came with a plea to parents: please discourage your children from gathering in fields and playgrounds.


Svetlana Shkolnikova, NorthJersey.com Published 10:31 a.m. ET March 19, 2020 | Updated 5:43 p.m. ET March 19, 2020



NPR--'Panic-gogy': Teaching Online Classes During The Coronavirus Pandemic

As colleges across the country pivot online on very short notice, there are a host of complications — from laptops and Internet access to mental health and financial needs.

Digital learning experts have some surprising advice: do less.


Anya Kamenetz| March 19, 20209:00 AM ET


Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Senate Coronavirus Bill Would Give DeVos Sweeping Power to Waive Education Law

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos would be given broad power to waive the main federal law for public schools, under emergency coronavirus legislation introduced Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.


Andrew Ujifusa on March 19, 2020 6:43 PM


Chalkbeat--‘Am I doing enough?’ As districts try remote learning for students with disabilities, these challenges lie ahead

Kaitlyn Casanas has watched as educators across the country begin teaching students remotely as schools close due to the new coronavirus. 

When she looks at photos of lots of students learning online together, she thinks: “Oh my gosh, that just looks perfect.” But she knows for a lot of teachers, that just doesn’t reflect reality.


Kalyn Belsha| March 19, 2020


Edutopia--Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment

Hundreds of teachers, many of them operating in countries where teach-from-home has been in place for weeks, weigh in on the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time.


Stephen Merrill| March 19, 2020


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