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12-15-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--What Does a Transition Team Do — Especially One with 500-plus Members?

Team members say getting work done isn’t really a problem, and that individual voices can be heard

Activity in Trenton — other than lame-duck legislation and announcements of a few commissioners in the newly elected Murphy administration — has been relatively quiet this month. But under the surface, the state’s cognoscenti have been busy working on the transition.

“We have lots of immediate challenges,” Gov.-elect Phil Murphy told most of the more than 500 members of his transition team Thursday, “and we’re not being helped by Washington. But we’ve asked you to think about the first days of my administration, not just the first 100 days or the first four years, but the future of New Jersey.” Murphy said he was looking for “new ideas” because New Jersey certainly needed a new beginning.


Lee Keough | December 15, 2017


Star Ledger--Phil Murphy has big plans for education, but can he deliver?

The governor-elect has promised to fully fund the state's public schools and to offer free community college tuition. But can New Jersey afford it?


Phil Murphy has promised to invest heavily in education when he takes office as New Jersey's next governor in January, laying out a liberal vision for fully funded schools and pensions and for free tuition at community colleges. He’s also pledged to undo current state testing requirements.


If his vision is realized, Phil Murphy could usher in big changes in New Jersey’s schools. But critics and policy experts have raised doubts over the large price tag for those promises, and Murphy’s plans to pay for them.


Hannan Adely, Staff Writer, @AdelyReporter Published 1:09 p.m. ET Dec. 14, 2017


Education Week--Many Educators Skeptical of School Choice, Including Conservatives, Survey Shows

School choice may be U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ favorite policy topic. But an Education Week nationally representative survey indicates that classroom teachers, principals, and district superintendents are highly skeptical of vouchers, charter schools, and tax-credit scholarships. And that includes many who voted for President Donald Trump, and even some who teach at private schools.

“I understand how [vouchers] would gut public schools and they wouldn’t actually help independent schools,” said Anna Bertucci, the associate head of school at Oakwood Friends School, a Quaker boarding school in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “I feel like that funding should go into public schools.”


Alyson Klein| December 12, 2017


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