5-23-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Comprehensive High Schools, a Key Piece of the Vo-Tec Puzzle

Even if a $500 million bond issue for career and technical education goes through, comprehensive high schools won't get a penny


Chuck Sampson, J. Kenyon Kummings, and Christopher H. Kobik | May 23, 2018


NJ Spotlight--Newark Chooses One of Its Own to Serve as District Super

After more than two decades of state control of its schools, New Jersey’s largest city names Roger León to the top post

In its first big act after 22 years of state control, the Newark school board last night picked one of the city’s own as the next superintendent.


John Mooney | May 23, 2018


Associated Press (via Star Ledger)--N.J. should upgrade to lap shoulder seat belts on school buses, NTSB says

A federal transportation panel is recommending to states that all new large school buses be equipped with seat belts.

The National Transportation Safety Board approved the lap-shoulder seat belt recommendation Tuesday in Washington.

Chairman Robert Sumwalt said the agency has previously tiptoed around the issue, saying it's time to take a hard stance.


Associated Press| Updated May 22, 2:49 PM; Posted May 22, 2:49 PM


Education Week--Phila. Schools Take a Systematic Route to Better Discipline

Philadelphia leaders hope that digging into the culture, training, and assistance for schools will help them make headway on one of the thorniest problems facing educators today: curbing schools' use of discipline practices that take students out of the classroom.


Sarah D. Sparks| May 15, 2018


Education Week--DeVos Defends Civil Rights Record, Backs Better Pay for 'Great Teachers' at House Hearing

House Democrats and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sparred over civil rights, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and teachers' salaries at a hearing Tuesday, but lawmakers from both parties largely avoided controversial questions about school safety in the aftermath of a Texas high school shooting last week that left 10 students and staff dead. 

Appearing before the House education committee, DeVos emphasized that the federal school safety commission she leads is working quickly, and that its ultimate goal is to ensure that schools "have the tools to be able to make the right decisions to protect their own buildings and their own communities."


Andrew Ujifusa on May 22, 2018 5:48 PM