|9-4-19 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--State Investigates Vaping’s Connection to Lung Disease
Reports of severe disease in 15 young e-cigarette users in New Jersey, more than 200 nationwide, lead to alarm among healthcare officials
State and local officials in New Jersey are grappling with reports of severe lung disease in 15 relatively young patients with a history of e-cigarette use, part of a growing concern that has involved more than 200 patients in at least two dozen states.
Lilo H. Stainton | September 4, 2019
NJ Spotlight--At Start Of School Year, An ‘Incomplete’ On Report Card For Murphy
Governor who campaigned on education platform has boosted school funding, but a number of to-do items remain unchecked
When Gov. Phil Murphy stepped to the podium Tuesday at a Union City preschool center for New Jersey’s unofficial first day of school, he brought nothing but good news.
He can only hope it will last.
John Mooney | September 4, 2019
NJ Spotlight--Governor announces $20M more for pre-K programs
New funding will go to 28 school districts, says Murphy, a longtime champion of preschool education
Gov. Phil Murphy went to Union City on the first day of school for many New Jersey public school students to announce a further investment in one of his primary education initiatives — pre-K programs across the Garden State.
David Cruz | NJTV News | September 4, 2019
Star Ledger--Teachers in 103 N.J. school districts need a new contract, but this one may be getting settled
Public school teachers in Parsippany will be voting on a contract that, if approved, will end a messy dispute that nearly derailed participation in the township’s Memorial Day Parade in May.
School officials in the K-12 district recently announced that they had reached an agreement with leaders of the teachers’ union, the Parsippany Troy-Hills Education Association.
Rob Jennings | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Sep 3, 8:26 AM; Posted Sep 3, 8:06 AM
Education Week--Lenders Push High-Interest 'Back-to-School' Loans on Parents Via Social Media
An Education Week analysis found dozens of posts on Facebook, such as these, and Twitter urging parents to take out “back to school” loans.
Experts say high interest rates hurt low-income families
Back-to-school season is a notoriously expensive time for teachers and parents alike. But for loan servicing companies, this time of year could be a moneymaker.
An Education Week analysis found dozens of posts on Facebook and Twitter targeting parents who might need a "back to school" loan. Some of these loans—which are personal loans and can be used for anything, not just school supplies—are considered predatory, experts say, with sky-high rates and hidden fees.
Madeline Will| August 27, 2019
Education Dive--High chronic absenteeism rates among special needs students raise alarms
A recent analysis by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools finds 13% of the roughly 200,000 students with special needs in the system missed at least 20% of school days during the 2015-16 school year, the most recent for which data is available, and that 38% of students labeled with emotional disturbances had chronic absences, according to an article published by The City.
Amelia Harper | Sept. 3, 2019
Garden State Coalition of Schools