4-2-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--New Jersey’s Troubling Trend, Increase in Bias and Hate Crimes

State attorney general says rise in reported incidents partly the result of country’s ‘political leaders’ who countenance ‘intolerance and hatred’

The number of bias and hate crimes in New Jersey rose in 2016, mirroring a national trend that many people – including the state’s attorney general – attribute to the campaign and election of Donald Trump.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal discussed the 417 reported hate crimes in New Jersey in 2016, a nearly 14 percent increase over the prior year, during a forum on the topic at Rutgers University last week. The most recent statistics available that track hate crimes are for 2016.


Colleen O'Dea | April 2, 2018


Asbury Park Press--Manalapan school chief: Social media lets threat rumors fly

ENGLISHTOWN - What is going to be done? 

That's what schools chief John Marciante wants to know. 

What is going to be done after his Manalapan-Englishtown Regional school district saw its most recent social media scare? 

What is going to be done so fourth- and fifth-grade students won't have to cry during lunch at Clark Mills School? They recently were  frightened by a rumor someone was going to "shoot up" their school, according to officials.

What is going to be done so district officials won't have to regularly reassure students and parents in response to unfounded threats? 


Katie Park, @kathspark Published 3:43 p.m. ET March 30, 2018 | Updated 7:21 p.m. ET March 30, 2018


The Washington Post—Op-Ed--People are saying education reform hasn’t worked. Don’t believe them.

Lately, a lot of people in Washington are saying that education reform hasn’t worked very well. Don’t believe it.

Since 1971, fourth-grade reading and math scores are up 13 points and 25 points, respectively. Eighth-grade reading and math scores are up eight points and 19 points, respectively. Every 10 points equates to about a year of learning, and much of the gains have been driven by students of color.


Arne Duncan April 1 at 7:43 PM


Education Week-- Push for Higher Teacher Pay Has a New Starting Point: Facebook

The successful West Virginia teacher strike has lit the match for a spate of teacher uprisings across the country. The main place teachers are gathering to strategize? Facebook.

Although Facebook has been under fire lately for its involvement in a data-harvesting effort that may have influenced the 2016 election, for teachers, the embattled social-media platform has recently proved a lever for democracy. In right-to-work states where unions don’t have as strong a presence, teachers have used Facebook to rally support and launch grassroots movements for higher pay—and with some success.


Madeline Will| March 29, 2018