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NJ Spotlight--New Education Boss Would Take Seat in Trying Time for State’s Schools
Murphy names Asbury Park’s Lamont Repollet as commissioner of education
When Gov. Chris Christie last year called out Asbury Park schools as the poster child of ineffectiveness and waste, district superintendent Lamont Repollet didn’t bite.
“Chris Christie was literally wiping the floor with his students, and Lamont stayed so grounded,” recalled Rocco Tomazic, the Freehold Borough superintendent who knows Repollet well from Monmouth County school circles.
“He wouldn’t take the bait.” Tomazic continued. “He’s not shy about anything, but he just wanted to stay positive.”
John Mooney | January 16, 2018
Star Ledger--Murphy says N.J. will 'soon' end PARCC testing
As Phil Murphy succeeds Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor Tuesday, there's at least one thing students and teachers in the state's public schools can expect: an end to controversial PARCC testing.
Brent Johnson| Updated Jan 15, 5:35 PM; Posted Jan 15, 5:35 PM
Star Ledger--Murphy must address growing segregation in schools | Opinion
New Jersey has some of the best public schools in the country. But our current system is not operating on a level playing field. While wealthy suburban schools continue to provide rich educational experiences for their mostly white student population, too many Latino and African American students attend segregated schools hampered by intense poverty.
We allowed segregation to permeate our state education system for too long, institutionalizing a separate but equal doctrine. New Jersey's schools are among the top five most segregated in the country.
Christian Estevez, Star-Ledger Guest Columnist| Updated Jan 15, 10:31 AM; Posted Jan 15, 10:31 AM
Education Week--Supreme Court to Weigh Internet Sales Tax Issue of Interest to Schools, States
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a major case about sales taxes on Internet purchases, one that will have enormous consequences for the states and for school districts and other local governments.
The justices agreed to take up a challenge from the state of South Dakota to two precedents—from 1967 and 1992—which held that states could not collect sales tax from out-of-state retailers unless that retailer had a physical presence in the state. In that era before Amazon.com and the boom in Web retailing, out-of-state sales meant catalog and telephone ordering.
Three major education groups—the National School Boards Association, AASA: the School Superintendents Association, and the National Elementary School Principals Association—joined a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the appeal by South Dakota.
Mark Walsh on January 12, 2018 2:57 PM
Garden State Coalition of Schools