1-12-18 Education in the News

Star Ledger--Sweeney supports schools' planned lawsuit for more funding

A South Jersey school district is among several other public schools that plan to sue the state over education funding that they said is inadequate relative to the size of their schools.

And Senate President Steve Sweeney, who fought for growing school districts to get fair funding, thinks the legal action is a good idea. 

Kingsway, through its regional middle school and high school, serves about 2,800 students from South Harrison, East Greenwich and Woolwich townships, along with Swedesboro. That enrollment has increased by 1,600 students since 2000.


Joe Brandt| Updated Jan 11, 7:52 AM; Posted Jan 11, 7:51 AM


The Record--First time in 46 years, a NJ teacher has a chance at national title

NEW JERSEY — For the first time in 46 years, a state teacher has a chance at the National Teacher of the Year title.

Amy Andersen, an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher at Ocean City High School in Cape May County, is up against three finalists from Ohio, Washington and the Department of Defense for the coveted award from the Council of Chief State School Officers established in 1952.

New Jersey has participated in the program since 1969. The last time one of its teachers was named a finalist was 1972, state records show.

“That was a shock, to be told that you’re a finalist, because the thing that you’re getting to is a level of influence with the people you’re meeting and the places you’re going to that’s on a national level,” Andersen said.


David M Zimmer, Staff Writer, @dzimmernews Published 5:52 a.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018


Asbury Park Press--Addiction recovery: Teens find fresh start in new high school program at Brookdale

The K.E.Y.S. Academy brings new hope to students recovering from addiction. Amanda Oglesby

MIDDLETOWN - Seventeen-year-old Jesse Musco has been through in-patient treatment twice to fight addiction, so returning to high school worried her.

"I didn't know if I was going to get caught up with the same people," said Jesse, a junior from the Morganville section of Marlboro.

"If you're under treatment and you just go back to the same place, the same people, the same things, you're at a higher risk for relapsing," said Matawan-Aberdeen Regional Assistant Superintendent Nelyda Perez. 

Instead of returning, Jesse is enrolled in a new high school program launched this month by Matawan-Aberdeen Regional and the non-profit partner Right Your Life, which serves youth facing addiction and in recovery. Learn more by watching the video above.

The newly formed K.E.Y.S. (Knowledge Empowers Youth & Sobriety) Academy – which officially opened Thursday in a ceremony at Brookdale Community College – aims to help recovering students such as Jesse.


Amanda Oglesby, @OglesbyAPP Published 5:00 a.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018


Education Week--Training Young People for Middle-Skill Jobs: New Guidelines Proposed

Programs to train young people for middle-skill jobs must avoid tracking, and should carefully balance industry-specific preparation with more generalizable skills to equip students for a changing workplace, according to a report issued this week.

The study, issued by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, explores a part of the jobs-and-education landscape that's risen sharply on the public's radar in the last few years: the vast array of jobs that require more than a high school diploma and less than a bachelor's degree. Those "middle-skill" jobs account for 48 percent of U.S. employment, according to researchers.

The report is aimed at programs that play roles in students' journey from high school student to skilled employee: dual-enrollment programs or early-college high schools that give students a leg up in college; career academies that help them focus their thinking on certain occupational fields; and career-technical-education programs, work-based learning, apprenticeships, and programs that confer post-secondary certificates or associate degrees.


Catherine Gewertz on January 11, 2018 10:41 AM | No comments