|12-17-15 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight December 17, 2015 by John Mooney - Poor Scores on PARCC Reflect Stiff Challenges Facing Scchools in Newark...Level of student proficiency ranges from paltry 5 percent to high of only 28 percent
The challenges facing Newark’s public schools were underscored this week with the release of sobering PARCC scores that showed only a small fraction of students in New Jersey’s largest district meeting the state’s new testing benchmarks...MORE
Star Ledger - How would N.J. schools handle a L.A.-like bomb threat?
December 17, 2015 by Kelly Heyboer
TRENTON — It happened at least 57 times in New Jersey public schools last year, according to state school violence statistics.
Some time during the school year, someone threatened to blow up a school. In some cases, the bomb threat came via email or social media. In other cases, it may have been an old-fashioned anonymous phone call or handwritten note.
Some schools -- including Hackensack High School, Fort Lee High School and Garfield High School-- closed for the day or evacuated while bomb squads searched their buildings and investigated threats during the 2014-2015 school year.
But, in other cases the bomb threats were quickly deemed hoaxes and parents and students likely never knew there was a problem...
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