|10-31-17 Education in the News|
The Record--Opinion: School integration is not complete in New Jersey
When New Jersey’s next governor takes office in January, he or she must finally tackle the systemic challenges confronting our state’s public school system, threatening the educations of tens of thousands of students of color.
New Jersey boasts some of our nation’s best public schools. Yet access to a quality education is too often based on race.
New Jersey’s schools are among the top five most racially segregated in the country.
About 250,000 African American and Latino students across New Jersey attend highly segregated schools, where at least 90 percent of the school population is composed of students of color.
Richard Smith Published 8:37 p.m. ET Oct. 30, 2017
Education Week--Betsy DeVos Is Giving Special Ed. Advocates a Big Headache
Move to roll back regulations reignites suspicions about DeVos
The gulf of distrust between disability advocates and the U.S. Department of Education has been on full display in the wake of the Trump adminstration's regulatory rollback efforts, illustrating how anger stirred up during Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' confirmation hearing has yet to fade.
The latest round began when the Education Department released on Oct. 20 a list of 72 guidance documents targeted for elimination. Most of the guidance documents came from the office of special education programs, and they had expired, been replaced by more up-to-date information, or rendered obsolete by newer laws or policies.
But the administration initially cast the move in general terms as relieving an "unnecessary regulatory burden"—and didn't offer, at first, a detailed rationale for why it was targeting those specific pieces of guidance. That set off fears that children with disabilities were losing protections.
Christina A. Samuels | October 27, 2017
Garden State Coalition of Schools