|8-30-16 Education in the News|
Star Ledger--2 N.J. schools ban drones from their grounds
At least two North Jersey schools have decided they don't want drones flying on school property this year without approval by the school district.
Fort Lee and East Rutherford adopted nearly matching policies last week that ban drones from flying, launching and landing on school grounds.
"The Board of Education is concerned for the safety of all staff members, students, parents, community members, and visitors while on school grounds," according to East Rutherford's policy.
The policy goes on to state that flying drones "presents a public safety issue." East Rutherford declined to comment and multiple requests for comment were not returned by Fort Lee.
The resolutions state that drones could be authorized on the properties if the operation first got approval from the district and was flown with supervision.
Sara Jerde | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| August 29, 2016 at 4:06 PM, updated August 29, 2016 at 5:16 PM
Star Ledger--23 ways schools say they will improve education in Newark
NEWARK — The hundreds of changes outlined in a three-year plan Newark schools unveiled last week will improve the district without instituting major overhauls, according to the report.
"Community members made it clear that they value stability and improvement over more change. So do we," Newark's state-appointed Superintendent Chris Cerf says in a note at the beginning of "The Next Three Years," a strategic plan that outlines initiatives the district plans to implement.
"We can achieve our goals by doing the most important things better."
School and city officials released the plan Thursday on the heels of the Newark Education Success Board's report with recommendations for the projected end of state control over the district by next fall.
"The Next Three Years" outlines four main priorities for the district: strengthen academics and student supports; ensure great talent (i.e. teachers and administrators) in every school and department; engage the community; and, provide efficient operations, sustainable budgets, and skilled governance of the district.
Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| August 29, 2016 at 1:57 PM, updated August 29, 2016 at 5:07 PM
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