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5-31-17 Education in the News

Star Ledger--These 10 N.J. school districts may lay off teachers and staff next year

As New Jersey schools draw up their annual budgets, some are finding that revenues aren't enough to support all their needs. As a result, a few are contemplating or have approved laying off teachers and other staff for the 2017-2018 school year.

Here are some of the districts facing those cuts, listed by those who are planning to lay off the fewest staff members to the districts that are facing the most severe cuts.


By Justin Zaremba | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated May 30, 2017
Posted May 30, 2017


Star Ledger--N.J.'s hardest-to-get-into public high schools, explained

This story is part of "N.J.'s hardest-to-get-into high schools," an NJ Advance Media special report on the rise of specialized public high schools for top students around the state.

ROCKAWAY -- What is the top public high school in New Jersey?

Millburn High School? Princeton? West Windsor-Plainsboro?

If you guessed any of those schools or another traditional high school, you're wrong.

New Jersey's best - and most exclusive -- public high school may just be tucked inside a small, brick school annex on a hilltop in Rockaway. Inside, about 100 of Morris County's smartest students are working in engineering labs and taking college-level math and science classes.


By Kelly Heyboer| Updated on May 30, 2017 at 10:58 AM Posted on May 30, 2017 at 7:37 AM


Education Week--Next-Generation Science Tests Slowly Take Shape


Fifth grader Nyna Manabe, left, her teacher Joanne Michael, center, and classmates Clara Soricut, Grant Gilmer, and Carley Kubler, left to right, watch to see how the water filter they created works during

Few states so far have moved to assessments aligned to the Next Generation standards

Around the country, science instruction is changing—students are being asked to make models, analyze data, construct arguments, and design solutions in ways that far exceed schools' previous goals.

That means science testing, of course, needs to change as well.

Students "have got to show us how they know, not just what they know," said James Pellegrino, a co-director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an expert on assessment.


Liana Loewus |May 24, 2017


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