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5-22-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--No ‘April Surprise’ in State Taxes, Budget Strain Remains for Murphy and Lawmakers

Hopes fizzled in State House that last month’s income taxes would rise above projections and ease disagreements over governor’s budget plan

The latest state tax-collection figures were unveiled by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration yesterday, and they did nothing to help end a simmering disagreement between legislative leaders and the governor over taxes and the next state budget.

Lawmakers who had been holding out hope that April income-tax collections would surge well above projections instead heard state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio deliver a revenue update that indicated tax collections are tracking very closely to the latest projections with just weeks left in the current fiscal year.


John Reitmeyer | May 22, 2018


NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Why Free Community College Is Right for New Jersey

Traditional grants and scholarships no longer keep college affordable. ‘Bold action,’ as Gov. Murphy has proposed, is necessary

When they were growing up and entering the job market, many people throughout New Jersey got a pretty good deal. With family support, some work, and perhaps some financial aid, college


Sara Goldrick-Rab | May 22, 2018


The Record--To tax or not to tax? That's the question fueling the feud among NJ Democrats

Liberal Murphy at loggerheads with fiscally conservative Sweeney

To get a sense of just how polarized the New Jersey Democratic Party is, consider the dueling appearances Tuesday of the party's two leading lights.

First, there was New Jersey's liberal and tax-hike-embracing Gov. Phil Murphy, rehashing his "stronger and fairer economy" spiel at a cattle call of liberal Democratic Party presidential hopefuls for 2020, ranging from Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to Cory Booker of New Jersey.


Charles Stile, Political Columnist, @PoliticalStile Published 6:02 a.m. ET May 17, 2018 | Updated 11:00 a.m. ET May 19, 2018


The Atlantic--A World Where School Shootings Feel Inevitable

“It’s been happening everywhere. I've always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here, too.”

The school year at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas—roughly 30 miles outside of Houston—was winding to a close. The seniors would be honored on Saturday during a baccalaureate ceremony, and they were just weeks away from graduation. Then, on Friday morning, a 17-year-old male student allegedly opened fire on campus, killing 10 people, according to Governor Greg Abbott, and wounding several others. There is one suspect in custody, and at least one other person of interest who has been detained.

Many high-school students live with a constant feeling of uncertainty about school shootings—not if there will be another one, but when and where.


Adam Harris| May 18, 2018


Education Week—Op-Ed: I'm a Veteran Teacher. Here's Why I'm Speaking Out

Why an 'education spring' has come to America

I began teaching in 1984, a year after the publication of "A Nation At Risk," which asserted that our nation's schools were failing. Looking back, I can see that at the tender age of 22, I had walked onto a battlefield just before the fight. Would I have done it anyway, had I known then that I was enlisting in a long battle, not just a small war? Yes, I would.


Paula Reed| May 15, 2018


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