|11-29-17 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Federal Audit Queries $600M Spending on NJ School Medicaid
State defends calculations, suggests fight could go to federal court
New Jersey could be forced to repay more than $600 million in Medicaid funding that federal officials insist it improperly claimed, or can’t adequately justify, for state expenditures on school-based healthcare and support services over more than a decade.
An audit released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the state received $300.5 million to cover school-based Medicaid services that were not allowed under federal regulations, and urged the state to return the funds. The federal agency is also challenging the state’s claim on an additional $306.2 million, which it now wants to review with state officials. The report covers claims made between July 2003 and June 2015.
Lilo H. Stainton | November 29, 2017
Star Ledger--The top 3 N.J. school districts in each county that pay teachers the most
TRENTON — New Jersey teacher salaries have been rising.
The median salary among New Jersey teachers was $66,117 in 2016-17, up from $64,550 the previous year.
But with the median teacher salary in school districts statewide ranging from as low as $43,911 to as high as $105,650, there is a wide disparity across the state, according to annual data from the state Department of Education.
Ted Sherman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted November 28, 2017 at 07:00 AM | Updated November 28, 2017 at 04:52 PM
Education Week--When It Comes to Sexual Harassment, Schools Are Not Immune
But experts say sexual misconduct between adults may be less prevalent in K-12
Early in Kelly Wickham Hurst’s teaching career, some of her colleagues warned her about an older male coworker. He came in early and sometimes cornered women, telling inappropriate jokes that at times led to uncomfortable physical contact he brushed off as accidental, they said.
The Springfield, Ill., middle school had a wave of young, newly hired female teachers that year, and they believed its administration didn’t take their concerns about the man seriously, Hurst said.
“I paid attention to it but I thought he’d never do this to me,” said Hurst, who retired after 23 years and founded an advocacy group called Being Black at School.
Evie Blad|November 27, 2017
Garden State Coalition of Schools