3-15-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Thousands of Students from Hundreds of NJ Schools Protest Gun Violence

Using social-media savvy, young activists get the message out to peers, press, and politicians. And it won’t end here, they pledge

Thousands of students across New Jersey walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. yesterday to protest gun violence and call on legislators to enact stricter gun-control measures. And, as part of a highly coordinated effort, hundreds of social media-savvy teens worked tirelessly to amplify their message.

At each high school, students wore orange and left classes for 17 minutes — one minute for each of the lives lost in the shooting tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, in February. Some schools held a moment of silence, and others released balloons as the names of the victims were read aloud.


Carly Sitrin | March 15, 2018


NJ Spotlight--Day After Budget Address, Murphy Takes Spending Plan on the Road

Democratic governor wants to get message across, his big budget means big gains for pension system, education, NJ Transit, and New Jerseyans — who will be getting more for their money

A day after putting forward a new state budget that features $1.7 billion in tax increases, Gov. Phil Murphy jumped headlong into a campaign to promote all of the major policy initiatives that are also a big part of his proposed spending plan.

The first-term Democrat touted increased state funding for New Jersey Transit during the agency’s morning board meeting, and then used an appearance on WNYC public radio to talk up planned funding boosts for K-12 education and New Jersey’s grossly underfunded public-employee pension system.


John Reitmeyer | March 15, 2018


NJ Spotlight--Pre-K Murphy’s Way: Educators Sound off on Governor’s Spending Plan

At conference to mark 20th anniversary of Abbott v. Burke, talk turns to governor’s education budget and pledge to extend preschool statewide in four years

The date was mostly coincidental, but the scheduling of yesterday’s celebration of New Jersey’s famed court-ordered preschool couldn’t have been timelier.

The daylong conference at ETS’s campus in Princeton was ostensibly to mark the 20th anniversary of the state Supreme Court’s Abbott v. Burke ruling in 1998, which brought high-standard preschool to the state’s neediest cities and towns.

But it also happened to fall a day after Gov. Phil Murphy presented a state budget that saw the first sizable increase in New Jersey’s investment in preschool in nearly a decade, along with the pledge to extend it statewide within four years.


John Mooney | March 15, 2018


NJ Spotlight--Opinion: The First Murphy Budget — a Dicey Proposal

A former budget director casts a skeptical eye on the governor’s proposed $37.4 billion budget, and finds much to be concerned about

The governor’s budget message was upbeat and positive. Who can be against helping people, building a sound economy, increasing opportunity, improving fairness, and making critical down payments for the future?


Richard F. Keevey | March 15, 2018


Education Week--Student Walkout Taps Well of Anger, Mourning Over Gun Violence

In the most dramatic display of civic activism by American students in recent memory, tens of thousands walked out of their high schools Wednesday and took part in somber, politically charged demonstrations marking the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 educators and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Some events were solemn and at times silent remembrances of the lives lost, while at other demonstrations participants demanded stricter gun control measures and vowed repercussions for elected leaders who failed to heed the call.


Mark Walsh| March 14, 2018