7-11-19 Education in the News

Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)-- No Funding in Sight to Repair Newark’s Crumbling Schools

Buildings in cash-strapped district have leaky roofs, damaged walls, peeling paint, old electrical systems, missing sinks and toilets

Newark’s school buildings desperately need fixing. Yet, despite a longstanding court order that the state replace Newark’s crumbling schools, no help is on the horizon.


Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | July 11, 2019



Star Ledger--Lakewood’s explosive growth is hurting us. We want a say in land development, board says.

Amid the pending legal battles and legislation linked to funding problems stemming from Lakewood’s growing private school population, district officials now want a say in land use matters.

On Wednesday night, the Lakewood Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a resolution expressing its concerns about growth and requesting that the township notify the district of development applications and even allow it to “communicate and/or participate” in development applications that would impact the district.


Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Jul 10, 1:08 PM


Edutopia--Evidence-Based Scheduling With Daniel Pink

The best-selling author explains why the order of the school day should look different for elementary and high school students.

The structure of the school day can make a big difference in learning, according to Daniel Pink, author of the best seller When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. In “How Schools Can Spend Time More Wisely: 4 Big Tips From Daniel Pink,” Education Week reporter Alyson Klein describes several of Pink’s recommendations. Two of them connect learning to the time of day, but the other two are more unexpected, as Pink offered an argument for recess and choral singing.


Laura Lee| July 5, 2019



Associated Press (via Education Week)--Most Attackers in Shootings Last Year Made Prior Threats, Report Finds


One-third of the attackers who terrorized schools, houses of worship, or businesses nationwide last year had a history of serious domestic violence, two-thirds had mental health issues, and nearly all had made threatening or concerning communications that worried others before they struck, according to a U.S. Secret Service report on mass attacks.


The Associated Press| July 10, 2019



Education Dive--Report: More states pursuing innovative assessment models

Dive Brief:

  • Giving interim student assessments for accountability purposes — instead of waiting until spring when it’s too late for teachers to adjust their instruction — could "discourage weeks of pretest preparation" and provide schools with more useful feedback. But there might also be resistance to shifting curriculum and pacing during the school year, and teachers would need support in using the results.
  • That’s one of the topics covered in a new "State of Assessment" report from Bellwether Education Partners, a think tank, that discusses current options and innovations in testing at a time when there is growing backlash against over-testing.


Linda Jacobson @lrj417|July 10, 2019