10-26-17 Education in the News

Star Ledger--Christie officials point finger at NJEA for teachers' big health insurance hike

TRENTON -- State Treasurer Ford M. Scudder has sent a letter to tens of thousands of teachers and other school employees to inform them they will pay 13 percent more for health coverage next year.

Scudder's Oct. 16 letter also offered up a target to blame for the increase: the New Jersey Education Association.

"You should understand the reason you will be paying that much more for health care in 2018," according to the treasurer's letter -- the latest salvo between the Christie administration and the powerful teachers' union. The feud has lasted throughout the length of Gov. Chris Christie's nearly eight-year tenure.


Susan K. Livio| Updated on October 24, 2017 at 5:53 PM Posted on October 24, 2017 at 5:03 PM


Education Week-- Ed. Dept. Explains Special Education Guidance Cutbacks After Outcry

Last week, the Education Department announced it was rolling back 72 guidance documents—63 that came from the office of special education programs, and nine from the Rehabilitation Services Administration—as part of a larger Trump administration initiative to clear the federal books of "outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective" regulations. 

Special education advocates and Democratic operatives, already highly skeptical of the Education Department's actions around special education and students with disabilities, got angry. VERY angry.

The Council for Parent Attorneys and Advocates said in a statement it was "disappointed in the way [the office for special education and rehabilitative services] has made this announcement, because the process undertaken lacks complete transparency to the public." The organization said the department should have made it clear why the revocations were needed.


By Christina Samuels on October 24, 2017 5:27 PM


Washington Post-- As DACA winds down, 20,000 educators are in limbo


Vicente Rodriguez runs an after-school program in Loma Linda, Calif., but dreams of becoming an English and ethnic studies teacher in a state desperate to fill teaching jobs.


But there’s a problem: The 30-year-old Rodriguez has a work permit through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that will expire in 2019, before he even has a chance to set foot in a classroom.

“My ability to become a teacher is slowly slipping away,” Rodriguez said, speaking before an audience at a news conference Wednesday in the Capitol.

The Trump administration in September said it would wind down the DACA program, which granted work permits to about 690,000 people who, like Rodriguez, were brought to the United States illegally as children.

On Wednesday, Rodriguez rallied with leaders from the National Education Association to press Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017, a proposal that would provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants such as himself. The Migration Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, estimates that there are 20,000 immigrants with DACA working as educators, including 5,000 in California and 2,000 each in New York and Texas.


Moriah Balingit October 25 at 6:25 PM