11-2-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight-- Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Deeply Divided on Education

From school funding to student testing, Murphy and Guadagno could be speaking different languages

What will the next governor mean for New Jersey public education? Whoever is elected on Tuesday, it is safe to say he or she will have a tough act to follow.

After all, it’s hard to compete with the past eight years under Gov. Chris Christie, both in tone and substance. He rewrote how the state funds its public schools, revamped how those schools are evaluated — especially their teachers — and remade student testing and standards (twice). And that’s all before he amped up — and some say denigrated — the tenor of the conversation about schools and especially their unions.


John Mooney | November 2, 2017


NJ Spotlight—Op-Ed: Fixing the Pension System for Teachers and Taxpayers

We have made great progress, especially in the past year, to put our pension system on the road to full funding

Fixing the pension system remains the greatest fiscal challenge facing the new governor and the 120 legislators who will be elected next week.

But we have made great progress, especially in the past year, to put our pension system on the road to full funding in a way that protects the security of pensions for our teachers and other public employees while maximizing future savings for taxpayers.


Steve Sweeney | November 2, 2017


Associated Press (via Press of Atlantic City)--NJ residents receive anti-immigrant school board ads

EDISON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in a New Jersey town are investigating racist campaign mailers that attack two Asian school board candidates.

WKXW-FM reports residents of Edison Township received the anonymous mailers Wednesday. The ads say "Make Edison Great Again" while claiming Chinese and Indian residents are "taking over" the town.


Associated Press| November 2, 2017


NY Times--What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)

The admissions process is a maddening mishmash of
competing objectives, and an attempt to measure the
unmeasurable: you. No, it isn’t fair, and likely never will be.

The admissions process is out of whack. Just ask the heartbroken applicant, rejected by her dream school. Ask high school counselors, who complain that colleges don’t reward promising students for their creativity, determination or service to others. Even the gatekeepers at some famous institutions acknowledge, quietly, that the selection system is broken.

Ask five people how to fix it, though, and they’ll give five different answers. Sure, you might think colleges put too much stock in the SAT, but your neighbor’s kid with the near-perfect score thinks it should matter a lot. More than half of Americans say colleges shouldn’t give children of alumni a leg up, according to a recent Gallup poll; yet nearly half say parental connections should be at least a “minor factor.”