11-27-17 Education in the News

Star Ledger--Free county college tuition: 5 reasons it could be coming to N.J.

TRENTON — New Jersey's county colleges charged full-time students an average of $4,700 -- or $123 per credit -- in annual tuition and fees last year, according to state statistics.

Under a new plan, those tuition bills could all disappear.

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy campaigned on a promise to make New Jersey the fifth state in the nation to make county college tuition free for all students.

"We can and we must open the doors of opportunity, wide, for all residents," Murphy said in September, weeks before the Democrat easily beat Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to win the governor's seat.

Now that Murphy is headed to Trenton, could free county college tuition -- which would cost the state at least $200 million -- become a reality?


Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com|

Posted November 25, 2017 at 08:20 AM | Updated November 25, 2017 at 12:29 PM


Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--Education Dept. wants to narrow civil rights work in schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

Under the Obama administration, when a student complained of discrimination in a particular class or school, the education agency would examine the case but also look at whether the incident was part of a broader, systemic problem that needed to be fixed.

Proposed revisions to the department's civil rights procedures, distributed last week among civil rights officials at the department, remove the word "systemic" from the guidelines.


MARIA DANILOVA, The Associated Press| Updated: November 23, 2017 — 3:12 AM EST