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7-31-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--State School Safety Bill Could Go National

Rep. Josh Gottheimer promises to take New Jersey’s Alyssa’s Law, which requires panic buttons to be installed in all public schools, nationwide

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo had watched for years as his bill to require all schools to have panic alarms installed and linked to local law enforcement passed the state Legislature only to be repeatedly vetoed by the previous governor. Tuesday morning, the veteran Newark lawmaker watched as a local congressman promised to take the law, signed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in February, national.


David Cruz | NJTV News | July 31, 2019



Star Ledger--N.J. wants colleges to explain what the heck students are paying for

New Jersey hasn’t been able to rein in the rising cost of higher education, but it at least wants colleges to better explain why they cost so much money.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver on Tuesday signed a new law requiring public colleges to provide a financial aid “shopping sheet” to prospective students. The sheet must include clear information on costs, loan options and estimated debt levels so families can see how much a college will cost and compare financial aid packages.

Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted Jul 30, 3:12 PM


New York Times--Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps to Have Cash

Demand for disability accommodations for schoolwork and testing has swelled. But access to them is unequal and the process is vulnerable to abuse.

The boom began about five years ago, said Kathy Pelzer, a longtime high school counselor in an affluent part of Southern California. More students than ever were securing disability diagnoses, many seeking additional time on class work and tests.


Dana Goldstein and Jugal K. Patel| July 30, 2019


Education Week--Why the Increase in Sexual Assaults Reported by Schools?

The report, "Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2017-18," found that 5.2 percent of surveyed schools reported an incident of sexual assault other than rape. That added up to a total of 7,100 recorded incidents in the 2017-18 academic year.


Héctor Alejandro Arzate| July 29, 2019 5:10 PM


Education Dive--Survey: Teachers want multiple options for responding to student misbehavior

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute's research shows while teachers are supportive of new approaches to discipline, both black and white teachers still think suspension is sometimes appropriate.

Two-thirds of U.S. teachers say discipline policies are inconsistently enforced in their schools, and 38% attribute a decline in suspensions to “higher tolerance for misbehavior,” according to the results of a survey released Tuesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.


Linda Jacobson @lrj417| July 30, 2019



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