11-6-17 Education in the News

Philadelphia Inquirer--South Jersey Dem machine, teachers' union barrel toward Election Day

 New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney hopped on top of a firetruck in a parking lot off Broad Street in Woodbury, grabbed the megaphone, and cut to the chase.

“We’re going to send a message that we cannot be bullied, that one group does not control the state of New Jersey,” Sweeney told about 250 volunteers gathered Saturday morning, most of them members of building trades unions.

Less than a mile away, on Evergreen Avenue, dozens of members of the state’s largest teachers’ union cheered as the group’s president declared they wouldn’t tolerate Sweeney’s “bullying, intimidation, and betrayal of public-school employees.”

Then volunteers in both camps fanned out across South Jersey’s Third District, knocking on doors and urging voters to support their respective candidates in what has improbably become the most expensive legislative race in New Jersey history.


Andrew Seidman, Staff Writer| Updated: November 5, 2017 — 5:15 AM EST


Education Week--Does Inclusion Slow Down General Education Classrooms?

Are educators spending less time on teaching if they have students with disabilities in their classrooms? 

The answer, based on a survey of teachers from 38 countries, including the United States, is yes—but digging into the data reveals a complex picture that goes beyond inclusion.

Across the world, for example, classes with a high percentage of students with disabilities also have teachers with less experience and less training, according to an international survey of teachers. Those classrooms also have higher percentages of students who have behavior problems reported by their teachers that may be separate from the presence of a disability.

The presence of behavior problems appears to have the most close connection to time spent teaching, said North Cooc, who presented an preliminary take on his findings during a recent webinar sponsored by the American Institutes for Research. He is working on refining the findings into a paper. 

Take away issues with behavior, and even teachers who have a high percentage of students with disabilities report that they spend about the same amount of time teaching as educators who have no students with special education needs in their classrooms, Cooc said.


Christina Samuels on November 3, 2017 1:19 PM