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3-23-17 Education in the News

Press of Atlantic City--HonorScholars program would give college scholarships to more NJ students

A proposed state scholarship program would revamp NJSTARS, increasing the number of eligible students and the money they would receive to attend college in New Jersey.

But the plan could face the same funding problems that ultimately led to cutbacks in the program it would replace.

The new NJ HonorScholars Program would cover tuition costs for high school graduates in the top 20 percent of their classes who attend a two-year community college.

It also would give students in the top 10 percent the option to instead get a $4,000 annual scholarship to a public or private four-year college within the state.


DIANE D’AMICO Staff Writer| March 22, 2017


NY Times--Supreme Court Rejects Education Minimum Applied by Gorsuch

The justices said Wednesday that schools should not be satisfied with minimal educational progress for students with disabilities. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Schools may not settle for minimal educational progress by disabled students, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting a standard that some lower courts have applied, and that the nominee to join the high court, Neil M. Gorsuch, has been criticized for using.

The federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act requires “free appropriate public education” for all children. In multiple cases, the federal Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Denver, has held that the law demands little “more than de minimis” — merely a program intended for a student to show some annual gains.




Education Week--Advocates Hail Supreme Court Ruling on Special Education Rights

Special education advocacy groups are cheering a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that a special education student's individualized education program must be "reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child's circumstances," in the language of the opinion.

The decision in Endrew F. v Douglas County School Board, is seen as strengthening the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. But the ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, does not address the central question of whether the student at the center of the case was provided an IEP that enabled him to make appropriate progress. The unanimous decision from the high court means the case will go back to a lower court for further argument.

That didn't stop advocates from praising the decision.


By Christina Samuels on March 22, 2017 5:42 PM



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