|9-19-16 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Christie Asks Top Court to Let Him Rewrite School-Funding Formula
The governor, who has decried the Supreme Court as ‘activist,’ asks it to sweep aside 30 years of support for Abbott rulings
The irony is hard to miss. Gov. Chris Christie has gone to the same state Supreme Court he has long decried as too activist to help him attain his last policy goals for public education in New Jersey.
And while the odds seem long, he may actually have a shot.
Last week, Christie had his attorney general file motions before New Jersey’s highest court to essentially overturn 30 years of Abbott v. Burke rulings — and toss in major changes to his own five-year-old teacher tenure law for good measure.
The announcement on Thursday came as a surprise to many, but really was just the latest in his long-running campaign to essentially rewrite the state’s landmark education funding history that has seen billions in additional dollars go to the state’s neediest districts.
John Mooney | September 19, 2016
The Press of Atlantic City--Maine school purchases computer program to serve as teacher
MADISON, Maine (AP) — A Maine high school has turned to a computer program to educate its students after being unable to fill a vacant position for a foreign language teacher.
With money already earmarked for the job, The Morning Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2cJzmJL ) Madison Area Memorial High School opted to purchase the Rosetta Stone program to serve as its full-time French and Spanish teacher.
Principal Jessica Ward says the situation isn't perfect, but Rosetta Stone was the best option moving forward this year.
The school was forced to purchase the program, which is currently used in more than 4,000 schools nationwide, when no one applied.
Rosetta Stone officials say the program is ideally used in conjunction with a live teacher.
An education technician was hired to supervise the school's students and administer the program.
Information from: (Madison, ME) Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/ via AP
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