4-20-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Camden’s Next School Superintendent Must Build on Predecessor’s Success

The district is smaller, the politics has changed, but we still need to address major education challenges in New Jersey’s poorest city

In 2007 I attended a Camden school board meeting for the first time. I was motivated to go there and express concerns, disturbed by my observations as a guest for career day in one of the high schools. Three years later, I was appointed to that school board, no longer an activist, but as one of nine people responsible for governance of then 27 schools and over 18,000 students.


Sean M. Brown | April 20, 2018


Star Ledger--Will this end the Murphy vs. Sweeney feud over education nominee?

Something happened Tuesday that could help diffuse a dramatic dispute between Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey's top lawmaker -- and bring the state closer to fixing its school funding problems.

Last week, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he was holding up the confirmation of Lamont Repollet, Murphy's nominee for New Jersey education commissioner, because Repollet said it might take six to eight months to remedy issues with the formula the state uses to disburse school aid.


  Brent Johnson| Updated Apr 18; Posted Apr 17


Star Ledger--3 days after smoking weed, kids brains go back to normal, study finds

How long does marijuana leave young people dazed and confused? How long does it take for their brains to bounce back?

About three days, according to new research published this week in the journal of JAMA Psychiatry.


Spencer Kent| Updated 7:11 AM; Posted 6:42 AM


Star Ledger--A man confronted Phil Murphy about taxes. Here's how he responded.

The man stood right in front of Gov. Phil Murphy and was blunt. 

"This state is too expensive, and you're making it worse," Greg from Freehold told the Democratic governor during a town hall in Newark on Thursday night. 


Brent Johnson| Updated 6:31 AM; Posted 6:30 AM


New York Times--25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools

Broken laptops, books held together with duct tape, an art teacher who makes watercolors by soaking old markers.

Teacher protests have spread rapidly from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona in recent months. We invited America’s public school educators to show us the conditions that a decade of budget cuts has wrought in their schools.

We heard from 4,200 teachers. Here is a selection of the submissions, condensed and edited for clarity.


Josephine Sedgwick| April 16, 2018


The Atlantic--Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.

Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, the data reflect the results of reading and math tests administered to a sample of students across the country. Experts generally consider the tests rigorous and highly reliable—and the scores basically stagnant.


Natalie Wexler| Apr 13, 2018


Education Week--Students Are Walking Out Again to Protest Gun Violence: Is Anybody Listening?

A second national student walkout is planned for Friday—on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre—to call attention to gun violence, press legislators to pass stricter gun measures, and promote political participation.


Denisa R. Superville| |April 19, 2018


New Jersey Spotlight--Op-Ed: For New Jersey State Aid, Let Money ‘Follow the Child’

The School Funding Reform Act directs that the money it awards should ‘follow the child,’ but its own requirements make it impossible to do so

When the School Funding Reform Act was passed in 2008, it was heralded as a formula under which “money follows the child.” Under the School Funding Reform Act, state aid would be directed to at-risk children themselves, wherever they lived, as opposed to state aid being earmarked for certain school districts that historically had a lot of at-risk children. People called the School Funding Reform Act a “unitary funding formula” that would treat all districts equally, depending on their needs and tax capacity, instead of the previous system, under which the determination of state aid for the Abbott districts was different from other districts.


Jeffrey Bennett | April 16, 2018