|5-16-18 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Murphy's School-Aid Increases Will Not Help Property Taxes
Regular audits of education are needed, rather than propping up lopsided education aid and encouraging waste
Gov. Phil Murphy's decision to increase state aid to schools is not the welcome news for taxpayers that many think it is. At best, it will perpetuate an imbalance in school funding that is driving up property taxes to a painful threshold. At worst, it will continue throwing money at education in a state that spends vastly more than most states — without demanding accountability for how the money is spent.
BettyLou DeCroce | May 16, 2018
NJ Spotlight--Leading Democrat Adamant There’s Going to Be No Government Shutdown
‘As much as people would love to see’ governor and Democrats in Legislature fail to agree a budget, Sen. Sarlo says it’s not going to happen
NJTV News | May 16, 2018
Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--Bill Gates gives $44M to influence state education reform
SEATTLE (AP) - Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms.
His non-profit, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press analysis of its grant database.
SALLY HO, The Associated Press| Updated: May 16, 2018 — 1:06 AM EDT
Education Week--'Continuous Improvement' Model Woven Into State ESSA Plans
States seek systemic route to steady gains
"Continuous improvement" has quickly become a buzzword in K-12 policy and practice, as states, districts, and schools strive for systemic, long-term gains in student achievement, instead of looking for the next, shiniest silver bullet.
In fact, even without much meaningful prodding from the federal government, states have woven the strategy in various forms into their plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. Those plans, which go into effect this school year, will help guide goal-setting, accountability, and school improvement for the foreseeable future.
Alyson Klein| May 8, 2018
Garden State Coalition of Schools