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6-8-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--State Board Poised to End Control of Jersey City Schools, Newark May Follow

But which state board will make the call? The makeup of the panel is still in flux, and its president and vice president could be ushered out the door

The state Board of Education has seen no shortage of political drama these past few months — and still faces some weighty policy decisions.

Both were on display yesterday.

John Mooney | June 8, 2017


Star Ledger--N.J. targets nepotism, high salaries at schools for the disabled

TRENTON -- New Jersey is clamping down on private schools that serve disabled students four years after a Star-Ledger investigation revealed numerous cases of nepotism and questionable spending paid for by taxpayers. 

The state Board of Education on Wednesday approved new restrictions that freeze maximum salaries, lower the maximum spending cap on administrative costs and require schools to disclose business transactions with relatives, among other changes. 


Adam Clark| Updated on June 7, 2017 at 8:31 PM Posted on June 7, 2017 at 5:46 PM


The Record-- NJSIAA has received no guidance on transfer rule

ROBBINSVILLE – New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Projects Manager Mike Zapicchi said the organization has received no guidance from the Commissioner of Education’s office on a new transfer rule.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Zapicchi, after the NJSIAA’s executive committee meeting Wednesday. “Two hundred eighty thousand student athletes and they don’t deserve an answer? Any answer? We even asked for a simple one sentence line to say that the Commissioner’s veto stands. Nothing.”

The NJSIAA revamped the transfer rule in February, mandating a 30-day sit period for athletes with no appeal process and only a few exceptions, including a military family transfer, a child placed under the protection of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency and the court system.

Student-athletes also could transfer without penalty as part of a Harrassment, Intimidation and Bullying charge, as long as there was written documentation from the school system.


Darren Cooper , Local Sports Columnist, @VarsityAces Published 6:16 p.m. ET June 7, 2017 | Updated 13 hours ago


Education Week--States' Special Education Work Offers a Jump on ESSA's Demands

Efforts already underway focus on student growth

Well before the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act—which came with a requirement for states to create ambitious blueprints to improve student performance—special education officials were already doing similar work.

This school year marks the third year of the "results-driven accountability" initiative started by the U.S. Department of Education. And many of the elements of that effort are echoed in ESSA, such as soliticing the views of parents, local and state educators, and other stakeholders, creating ambitious goals for students, and leaving it to state discretion to figure out just what those goals should be and how quickly they should be achieved.


Christina A. Samuels |May 30, 2017

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