8-8-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--New State Guidance on Resolving Special Education Disputes

Every year there are hundreds of special ed disputes between school districts and families. The Department of Education has issued new rules in hopes of settling them more quickly


John Mooney | August 8, 2019


Associated Press (via Star Ledger)--N.J. mayor calls teaching LGBT history in schools ‘an affront to almighty God,' urges fight against new law

The Republican mayor of a small New Jersey town is urging residents to oppose a state law that requires middle and high schools to instruct students on the contributions of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered.


The Associated Press| Updated Aug 7, 8:13 AM; Posted Aug 7, 7:12 AM


Education Week--National Study Shows How a Simple 'Growth Mindset' Exercise Lifted Students' GPAs

Any student’s self-confidence can take a hit at the start of high school. Yet giving students even a brief opportunity to understand and reflect on their mindsets for learning can make them likelier to challenge themselves and improve, finds a new national study in the journal Nature.


Sarah D. Sparks| August 7, 2019



Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Education's Biggest Problem Is a Lack of Money, Many Americans Agree

Twenty-five percent of respondents to a recent national poll identified "a lack of financial support" as one of the biggest problems facing public schools in their communities.


Evie Blad on August 7, 2019 3:23 PM



Edutopia--Dispelling Myths Around Learning Disabilities

One in five students struggle with learning or attention issues like autism, dyscalculia, or ADHD, yet only 17 percent of teachers feel prepared to support them, a new report finds.

When Temple Grandin—a pioneer in the field of animal behavior who also has autism—worked on a farm milking cows, she had difficulty remembering each step in the process. No matter how many times she was shown how to do it, the information wouldn’t stay straight in her head. “I absolutely cannot remember a sequence of instructions,” she explains.


Youki Terada| August 6, 2019