7-14-16 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--New Jersey Schools Must Test Every Faucet and Drinking Fountain for Lead

Emergency regulations passed by state Board of Education take effect immediately

After years -- maybe decades -- of questions on whether students were drinking lead-contaminated water, New Jersey has moved quickly to put in place new requirements for testing every faucet and drinking fountain of every school.

But with the State Board of Education’s approval of the rules yesterday, there are still some questions as to how this will roll out and what comes next.

The board moved under special allowances yesterday to fast-track the new regulations, requiring every district to have its water tested within 365 days and to make the results public.


John Mooney | July 14, 2016


Star Ledger--N.J. loses longtime leader in Holocaust, 9/11 education

TRENTON — The veteran educator who led New Jersey's efforts to teach students about the Holocaust and 9/11 has died, according to the state Department of Education. 

Paul Winkler, who died Tuesday at age 79, began his career as a classroom teacher in Pennsylvania before coming to New Jersey in 1966 and dedicating the next 50 years to educating the state's students. 


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| July 13, 2016 at 4:07 PM


Star Ledger--N.J. sets deadline for testing school water for lead

TRENTON — New Jersey school districts that have yet to test their drinking water for lead will be required to do so within one year under new state regulations going into effect this week. 

The testing rules, passed by the state Board of Education on Wednesday, will also require all school districts to test their water used for drinking and cooking at least once every six years. 

Districts that test within 365 days will be eligible for state reimbursement through $10 million allocated for water testing in the state budget. 


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com|  July 13, 2016 at 3:04 PM, updated July 13, 2016 at 3:35 PM