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12-2-16 Education in the News

Philadelphia Inquirer--Ocean County first in NJ to equip school nurses with Narcan

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - Ocean County has become the first county in New Jersey to supply all of its high school nurses with Narcan, the drug that is used to reverse opioid overdoses.

County prosecutor Joseph Coronato says he made the decision to equip nurses with the life-saving antidote after hearing about a recent overdose at a high school in a neighboring county.

Nurses at county schools received training on administering the drug from the Ocean County Prosecutor's office on Thursday.

Ocean County has had the most overdose deaths among New Jersey counties with 180 so far this year.

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20161202_ap_f7005f5802334433891b00ffe76bc210.html

The Associated Press| Updated: December 2, 2016 3:47 AM EST

Bloomberg News (via Chicago Tribune)--Why the U.S. Education Department never dies

Ever since President Jimmy Carter created the U.S. Department of Education in 1979, conservatives have been trying to abolish it. Rick Perry, the Texas governor who in a 2011 presidential debate couldn't remember all the U.S. agencies he wanted to shutter, had total recall over one -- the Education Department.

Will conservatives finally get the job done? Donald Trump, who also calls for the agency's demolition, will be in the White House, and Republicans have a majority in Congress. Betsy DeVos, an activist for school vouchers and critic of public education, has been nominated for education secretary.

Before answering that question, let's run down what the department does. Its discretionary budget is all of $68 billion. Of that, $22 billion is for Pell Grants, awarded in amounts up to $5,800 to 8 million financially needy college students. If the department disappears, some other body would still need to determine eligibility for the grants and ensure their proper distribution.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-education-comment-9be3a48e-b7df-11e6-939c-91749443c5e5-20161201-story.html

Paula Dwyer, (c) 2016, Bloomberg View(c) 2016, Bloomberg View


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