11-20-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--New Jersey’s Public Schools Still Among Most Segregated in Nation

Almost 10 percent of all students attend “apartheid schools,” where 99 percent or more of the student body is nonwhite

The unflattering ranking has grown all too familiar: New Jersey is home to some of the most segregated public schools in the country.

The latest statistics come courtesy of report released last week by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, an organization that has tracked school segregation nationwide for decades and consistently found New Jersey in the bottom 10.


John Mooney | November 20, 2017


NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: As Educators, We Must Measure What We Truly Value

Our current system is designed on the premise that there is a single success path and any deviation is either ignored, or worse, punished

With the change in State administration we have a tremendous opportunity to move our educational policies away from well-intentioned but inappropriate practices that punish those that don’t fit a single mold, to inclusive practices designed to help more children succeed.

We need to take this opportunity to ensure that New Jersey policy, priorities, and measurement better align with our intended values.


Lisa Wolff | November 20, 2017


Asbury Park Press--EDITORIAL: Melting pot? Not in N.J.’s schools

It isn’t news that New Jersey’s public schools are among the most segregated in the nation. What is news, thanks to a study released this week by the UCLA Civil Rights Project, is that school segregation in New Jersey has become even more pronounced during the past 15 years.


AsburyPark Published 4:49 p.m. ET Nov. 17, 2017 | Updated 4:57 p.m. ET Nov. 17, 2017


Philadelphia Inquirer-- Cap on labor contracts, Amazon credits pending in lame duck

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The fate of expiring legislation that caps what police and fire officials can get in labor contract disputes and up to $5 billion in tax credits to attract Amazon's new headquarters is uncertain as New Jersey's government heads into Chris Christie's lame duck period.

Before Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy takes over New Jersey's government from Christie, a Republican, the Democrat-led Legislature has roughly six weeks to wrap up business with the two-term incumbent.

The issues cropped up in the fall campaign to succeed Christie, with Republican nominee Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno supporting renewing the cap and granting the tax credits to Amazon. But Murphy was not definitive on either issue.


MICHAEL CATALINI Associated Press| Nov 18, 2017


Education Week-- What 150 Years of Education Statistics Say About Schools Today

Long before there was an independent federal education department—before many states had school systems, in fact—there was a federal education statistics agency.

Today, the National Center for Education Statistics celebrates its 150th anniversary (albeit without a permanent commissioner in place). Though the agency remains independent of the Education Department, its work has laid a bedrock for education policy in the United States in areas from large-scale testing, to tracking students over time, to using surveys and local administrative data to understand changes in schools.


Sarah D. Sparks| November 16, 2017