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8-28-19 Education in the News

Star Ledger—OpEd: Teachers have new reason to be anxious this school year, veteran educator says

It’s that time of year again when teachers and professors sharpen their pencils, review curricula and eagerly look forward to the first day of school. We make tacit promises to ourselves to be more connected with our students, make the class more interesting and meaningful for them and, certainly, teach them a thing or two about our subject.


Toni Capodanno| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist| Posted Aug 27, 9:45 AM



NPR--College Board Drops Its 'Adversity Score' For Each Student After Backlash

The College Board is dropping its plan to give SAT-takers a single score that captures a student's economic hardship. The change comes after blowback from university officials and parents of those taking the college admissions exam.

Announced in May, the "adversity score" was intended to assess the kind of neighborhood the student came from, including factors such as the portion of teens receiving free or reduced lunch, the level of crime and average educational attainment.

In an interview with NPR, College Board CEO David Coleman said that boiling all of that complex information down to one number was problematic and that the company is now reversing its decision.


Bobby Allyn| August 27, 20195:01 PM ET



Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Why School-Level Numbers Matter in the K-12 Funding Fight

Thousands of administrators across the country have spent countless hours this summer attempting to rejigger their school finance software to determine how much money they spend on each individual school—a new reporting requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Will it be worth all the headaches? A new federal report suggets the answer is yes.



Daarel Burnette II on August 26, 2019 5:24 PM



Education Dive--The 50 States of Education Policy: Tackling school safety in an age of mass shootings and gun reform

With the nation divided on gun control, states and districts are taking school safety into their own hands.

This month, students head back to school in the aftermath of recent mass shootings that have lawmakers at odds once more on gun control. As Democrats push for stricter gun legislation that includes comprehensive background checks and hardline Republicans take a staunch position against the matter, schools are left to navigate a patchwork of gun control legislation that varies widely by state and often has a direct impact on school safety. 


Naaz Modan| Aug. 27, 2019




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