|4-4-18 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Democratic Heavy Hitters Ready to Revise Murphy’s Budget Plan
Sweeney, Sarlo make no bones about wanting changes to governor’s proposals on taxes and on funding for education
State Democratic lawmakers are sending clear signals they are ready to rewrite major sections of newly installed Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget, particularly in the areas of taxes and K-12 education funding.
“It’s our job to correct whatever we think is wrong,” said Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), at a budget hearing yesterday in Glassboro, where residents complained of Murphy’s proposals on K-12 funding.
John Reitmeyer | April 4, 2018
Star Ledger--The top 50 elementary and middle schools in N.J.'s new state ratings
In a state with more than 2,000 elementary and middle schools serving students of all backgrounds, it seems nearly impossible to determine which ones are doing best.
But that hasn't stopped New Jersey from trying.
The state for the first time this year rated its public schools on a scale of 0-100 and published the results in its annual school report cards, relying primarily on standardized test results to grade schools.
So, what really sets schools apart?
Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted April 04, 2018 at 07:00 AM | Updated April 04, 2018 at 07:03 AM
NY Times-- ‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion
Liz Blackwell, a school nurse in Boulder, Colo., showed a collection of vape pens that had been confiscated from students during a presentation at Nevin Platt Middle School in March. Credit Nick Cote for The New York Times
The student had been caught vaping in school three times before he sat in the vice principal’s office at Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine this winter and shamefacedly admitted what by then was obvious.
“I can’t stop,” he told the vice principal, Nate Carpenter.
So Mr. Carpenter asked the school nurse about getting the teenager nicotine gum or a patch, to help him get through the school day without violating the rules prohibiting vaping.
E-cigarettes have been touted by their makers and some public health experts as devices to help adult smokers kick the habit. But school officials, struggling to control an explosion of vaping among high school and middle school students across the country, fear that the devices are creating a new generation of nicotine addicts.
In his four years at Cape Elizabeth, Mr. Carpenter says he can’t recall seeing a single student smoke a cigarette. But vaping is suddenly everywhere.
KATE ZERNIKEAPRIL 2, 2018
Garden State Coalition of Schools