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5-3-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Democrats to Christie: No Progress on School-Aid Reform, No Budget

No more debates about fine points of various plans, the Democrats want real movement on funding formula

The debate over school funding in New Jersey took a new turn yesterday, when Senate Democratic leaders laid down their own ultimatum: They will not move a fiscal 2018 state budget without significant progress toward their long-discussed proposals for revising state aid for schools.

In a not-so-veiled attempt to one-up Gov. Chris Christie’s 100-day deadline for a deal, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Paul Sarlo, the upper chamber’s budget chair, proclaimed that they had no more patience for debates and would use their budget powers to press the matter.

The comments came in a State House press conference before yesterday’s budget committee hearing, where acting state Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington testified about Christie’s education budget.

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/05/02/democrats-to-christie-no-progress-on-school-aid-reform-no-budget/

John Mooney | May 3, 2017

 

Star Ledger--N.J. Dems will hold up state budget if school aid isn't fixed, leaders say

TRENTON -- The Democratic lawmakers who control New Jersey's state Senate won't pass a budget this year unless it includes their plans for increasing funding for public schools, they announced Tuesday.

Flanked on the steps of the Statehouse by parents and school officials, Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said problems with school funding can't be fixed in one year but the state must begin making progress now. 

"The time for talking is done," said Sweeney, who has spent much of the past year touring the state to push for changes to state school aid. "The time for action is now." 

http://www.nj.com/education/2017/05/nj_fix_school_funding_democrats_wont_pass_budget.html#incart_river_index

Adam Clark on May 02, 2017 at 12:48 PM, updated May 02, 2017 at 7:24 PM

 

Arizona Republic--Roberts: Arizona legislator says kids shouldn't have to go to school

Rep. Paul Mosley just became a hero to kids everywhere.

The Lake Havasu City Republican wants to repeal the law requiring them to go to school.

No really, he does.

“Education used to be a privilege,” he told Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times. “People used to believe getting an education was something you had to be privileged to get, that you had to work hard to get. Now we basically force it down everybody’s throats.”

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2017/05/01/roberts-arizona-legislator-says-kids-shouldnt-have-go-school/308643001/

Laurie Roberts , The Republic | azcentral.com Published 4:59 p.m. MT May 1, 2017 | Updated 13 hours ago

 

Education Week--Teachers Customize Professional Development Through Microcredentials

Personalized learning is a buzzword in education, but teachers' own learning often comes in a one-size-fits-all package via a crowded room or a years-old PowerPoint.

Enter microcredentials, a form of professional development in which teachers work to prove mastery of single competencies. They're designed to be tailored to what a teacher needs or wants to know, from classroom management to analyzing student data.

The process of earning one is also relevant to their daily work: Teachers show their skill through samples of student work, videos, and other artifacts. And they can be splashy—some authorizers give teachers a digital badge for every microcredential earned, which teachers can display on their LinkedIn, blog, or any online portfolio of their work.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/04/26/customizing-professional-development-through-microcredentials.html

By Madeline Will| April 25, 2017

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