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10-8-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--State Senators on Both Sides of Aisle Vow to Fight Trump Plan to Kill SALT Deduction

Most of NJ’s congressional delegation vote against bill that would pave way to eliminating deducting for state and local taxes

The idea of eliminating the so-called SALT deduction, which allows residents to deduct state and local taxes on their federal tax returns, received almost universal derision from New Jersey lawmakers. Members of the state Senate from both parties representing all regions of the state voted 34-0 yesterday to oppose the Trump administration’s plan to get rid of the provision in the federal tax code that helps offset New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property tax bills.


John Reitmeyer | October 6, 2017


Star Ledger—Op-Ed: N.J. teachers are getting ripped off…|Moran

It's no crime to lie, in about 99 percent of our lives. But if you lie to the IRS about how much money you earn, you can land in prison. Ask Al Capone.

So, when Ed Richardson, the executive director of the state's largest teachers' union, was asked by the IRS to disclose his compensation in 2015, he came clean.

He listed it as $1.2 million in salary and benefits. You can look it up on the union's 990 tax form, which all non-profits must disclose. It's on Page 2 of Schedule J, in black and white.

The same page shows that it's basically a free-for-all at the union's headquarters in Trenton -- compensation for the top five NJEA officers averaged $764,000 in 2015.


Tom Moran| Updated on October 8, 2017 at 7:03 AM Posted on October 8, 2017 at 7:00 AM


Associated Press--On education, Murphy sticks to aid, Guadagno to property tax

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Voters looking to get smart on two top party candidates’ views on education in the race to succeed Gov. Chris Christie will find differences of emphasis and policy.

Democrat Phil Murphy has focused “laser-like” on his promise to pump more cash into education. Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has instead stayed quiet on the state’s school-funding formula and concentrated on property taxes, the main source of funding for schools.

Murphy and Guadagno will square off in the race’s first debate next week.

Murphy holds an edge over Guadagno in polls and fundraising. They both also face four third-party and independent candidates.

Christie cannot seek a third term because of term limits.


Polls show that New Jersey voters count education as a top issue in the contest to succeed Christie.


MICHAEL CATALINI| October 8, 2017


Press of Atlantic City (Associated Press)--$2.7M in grants available for students in recovery programs

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — More New Jersey students battling drug addictions will be able to attend special schools.

The Christie administration on Friday announced $2.7 million in grants are available to expand access to recovery high schools in the state.

The Recovery High School Access Project enables high school students in recovery to attend existing recovery high schools.


Oct 6, 2017


Washington Post--Hitting the return key on education

Joe Clement and Matt Miles teach social studies at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County. They know a teacher who spent six hours jazzing up a lesson on old political cartoons with a PowerPoint presentation. Students pulled laptops off a cart so they could follow and comment on the lesson online.

The class went well. But something unusual happened, part of a series of Clement and Miles discoveries that threaten the foundations of the high-tech classroom and are recounted in their new book “Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse Is Making Our Kids Dumber.”

The teacher mentioned his successful lesson to another history teacher. She told him about her similar lesson, using not PowerPoint and laptops but printed copies of the cartoons affixed to large newsprint sheets. Students walked around the room and made lesson-related comments on the newsprint.


Jay Mathews Columnist October 8 at 4:41 PM


Education Week-- Growing Number of States Embrace Career Education

New laws, policies boost programs

After years of focusing intensely on college readiness, states are turning their attention to students' futures as workers, enacting a flurry of laws and policies designed to bolster career education and preparation.

"What we're seeing is that there's been a shift from focusing purely on college readiness to thinking also about career readiness," said Jennifer Thomsen, who analyzes policy for the Education Commission of the States.


Catherine Gewertz| October 4, 2017

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