|11-1-17 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight (Sponsored Content)--Understanding, Addressing Disproportionality in NJ Schools
Disproportionality can be defined as an over-representation of students from certain racial/ethnic groups in special-education programs
The prevalence of racial achievement gaps on standardized tests has been widely reported. However, education-equity advocates point out that there is a lesser known — yet far larger and more complex parallel issue — that is dramatically impacting the ability of schools to teach and support struggling minority students.
The issue is known as disproportionality — an over-representation of students from certain racial/ethnic groups, particularly black/African-American, and Hispanic students, in special-education programs. Affected students are disproportionately isolated, spending more time in restrictive environments relative to their nonaffected peer students and facing greater rates of suspension and expulsion. Because affected students are less likely to access a rigorous curriculum, these students experience limited post-secondary opportunities and marginalized employment opportunities thereafter.
Dr. Jennifer Meller and Matthew Korobkin | November 1, 2017
Star Ledger--Christie blasts teachers union (again) over health care costs
TRENTON -- Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday continued his assault on the state's teachers union, lambasting union leadership for their high pay following a dispute between the union and the state over health insurance benefits.
The governor's comments came after state Treasurer Ford Scudder sent a letter last week to members of the New Jersey Education Association claiming the union was to blame for a 13 percent increase in health insurance costs expected next year.
S.P. Sullivan| Updated on October 31, 2017 at 7:29 PM Posted on October 31, 2017 at 7:22 PM
Education Week-- Educators Are More Stressed at Work Than Average People, Survey Finds
Teachers are feeling especially stressed, disrespected, and less enthusiastic about their jobs, a new survey has found.
The survey, released by the American Federation of Teachers and the advocacy group Badass Teachers Association on Monday, included responses from about 5,000 educators. It follows a 2015 survey on educator stress—and finds that stress levels have grown and mental health has declined for this group in the past two years.
AFT surveyed a random sample of 830 of its members, and the rest of the respondents took the survey online after the survey was pushed out on AFT and BAT social media channels and email lists. It's worth noting that the respondents who follow these channels might be more likely to feel more passionate about social justice in schools, and because they chose to take the survey, might be more disgruntled with their working conditions.
Madeline Will on October 30, 2017 3:25 PM
Garden State Coalition of Schools