|7-29-19 Education in the News|
Star Ledger—Op-Ed: For school reform to work, local schools and communities must do the hard work, editor says
The National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union, recently held its annual Assembly in Houston, Texas. The conference attracted 10 of the Democratic candidates for president. Each candidate, as expected, voiced support for public education, and generally endorsed a vision for ‘education reform’ around higher teacher pay and protections, greater spending on public education, and opposition to charter schools.
Walter Fields| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist| Updated Jul 26, 2019; Posted Jul 26, 2019
Jersey Journal--Jersey City school district adds embattled state SDA to list of defendants in lawsuit
The Jersey City public schools district says the state Schools Development Authority has underfunded the district more than $1 billion in funding toward approved construction, according to an amended version of a lawsuit filed against the state of New Jersey.
Joshua Rosario | The Jersey Journal| Updated Jul 26, 2019; Posted Jul 26, 2019
Education Week--'Nation's Report Card' to Get Trimmed, Four Subjects Dropped
In the next decade, the tests dubbed the “Nation’s Report Card” will include fewer subjects, fewer students, and longer testing times—but potentially more data for states and districts to use.
The National Assessment Governing Board on Wednesday released a 10-year plan intended to streamline the National Assessment of Educational Progress and cut costs. These tests of grades 4, 8, and 12 remain the nation’s only universal comparisons of students across states.
Sarah D. Sparks| July 24, 2019
Edutopia--Starting the Day With a Calming Routine
Exercises that help young students who’ve experienced trauma transition into the school day in a relaxed and ready state.
For the past year and a half, I’ve been working with the directors and educators at St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center in Indianapolis. During my frequent visits, I’ve been introducing brain-aligned sensory and motor system strategies for emotion regulation to 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children.
Lori Desautels| July 26, 2019