2-24-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--What Would ‘Full Funding’ of School Aid Look Like? Add $2.3B to Districts

OLS releases figures that put a price tag on full funding — and could well give sticker shock to just about everyone arguing the issue


John Mooney | April 24, 2018


NJ spotlight--Acting Education Commissioner Says PARCC Here for at Least Another Year

Repollet explains the expensive ins and outs of ending one testing program and ramping up another

PARCC isn’t quite dead yet, at least not in New Jersey.

After Gov. Phil Murphy vowed to end the controversial testing of the state’s students on “day one” of his administration, it looks as if PARCC will be around for a little while longer.


John Mooney | April 24, 2018


NJ Spotlight--This N.J. woman fell just shy of nabbing the country's top teaching prize

Amy Andersen came closer than anyone from New Jersey has in decades.

The Ocean City High School teacher was one of four finalists for National Teacher of The Year and went to Washington D.C. in February to compete in rigorous interviews and even a mock press conference.


Adam Clark| Updated Apr 23, 12:03 PM; Posted Apr 23, 12:00 PM


Press of Atlantic City—Op-Ed: States are favoring school choice at a steep cost to public education

 (THE CONVERSATION) Teacher strikes are generating a healthy focus on how far public education funding has fallen over the past decade. The full explanation, however, goes beyond basic funding cuts. It involves systematic advantages in terms of funding, students and teachers for charter schools and voucher programs as compared to traditional public schools. Increasing public teacher salaries may end the current protests, but speaking as an expert in education law and policy, I believe it won’t touch the new normal in which public education is no longer many states’ first priority.


Derek W. Black University of South Carolina| April 24, 2018

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)


Education Week--An Interview With DeVos' New Special Ed. Chief

The selection of Johnny Collett, confimed in December to oversee special education for the U.S. Department of Education, was a rare point of agreement between the Trump administration and the disability-advocacy community.


Christina A. Samuels| April 20, 2018


Education Week--How States Stack Up on Federal Funding for Teachers, Low-Income Students

By now, you've probably heard about the major changes to the federal education budget approved by President Donald Trump. But how do these shifts impact your state? 


Andrew Ujifusa on April 23, 2018 1:43 PM