|4-12-16 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Beyond Recognizing the Problem, Paying to Purify Drinking Water in NJ Schools
Parents, educators, teachers, and lawmakers start coming to terms with a situation that’s probably far more complex than anyone suspects
The topic of testing for lead in the water of New Jersey’s schools drew a big showing of political support yesterday, but ironically the discussion was as much about what’s not in the proposed law as what is.
The state’s Senate Democratic leadership hosted a roundtable in the State House to call for a bill that would mandate twice-a-year testing of all water outlets in Garden State schools.
Leading the charge was state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who has made this issue and expanded preschool core components of his education agenda this year. (He planned a preschool roundtable later in the morning.)
“It’s a crisis in the state right now,” Sweeney said to open the meeting, held in a Statehouse conference room. “Our children are drinking water that might not be safe. And the problem of not knowing is the biggest problem.”
John Mooney | April 12, 2016
Star Ledger--Pascack Valley schools OK transgender policy after contentious meeting
HILLSDALE — Transgender students at the Pascack Valley Regional High School district will be able to use restrooms or locker rooms based on their gender identity under a policy passed Monday by the Board of Education.
The board voted 6-1 to approve the policy, which also calls for staff to address transgender students based on a "gender identity that is consistently asserted at school."
More than two dozen people spoke at the nearly three hour Board of Education meeting and dozens more were in attendance. They included Kax Petkovic, a freshman at Pascack Valley High School. Petkovic said he is one of a handful of transgender students at the school.
Myles Ma | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| April 12, 2016 at 5:24 AM, updated April 12, 2016 at 7:35 AM
Star Ledger--N.J. approves more than 100 school religious holidays
TRENTON — The state Board of Education this week approved a list of religous holidays in the upcoming school year on which schools must allow excused absences.
The list, updated annually, includes more than 100 holidays for the 2016-17.
Students celebrating those holidays must present a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian. Schools are required to provide students the opportunity to make up any tests or other assessments that they missed.
Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| April 11, 2016 at 12:01 PM
Garden State Coalition of Schools