5-7-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--What Do High Scores on NAEP Mean for Murphy’s PARCC Plans?

With NJ ranked at or near top on the Nation’s Report Card, some members of state board aren’t so sure PARCC needs to be scrapped

When New Jersey’s latest scores on the national NAEP tests came out in April, they were reason for celebration among education leaders who touted how the state does as well or better than any other in the country.


 John Mooney | May 7, 2018


NJ Spotlight--Law Lets Local Governments Treat Property Taxes as Charitable Contributions

Mayors are happy with new workaround, and state’s congressional delegation says it’s willing to fight for it, but nonprofits think it could kill charitable giving they depend on

New Jersey has a new law to help residents go on the offense against President Donald Trump’s decision to cap a longstanding write-off for local property taxes. Whether the federal government will accept the state’s response — and the lost revenue that will likely come with it — remains to be seen.


John Reitmeyer | May 7, 2018


Star Ledger—Op-Ed: Concussion expert: Should we ban tackle football before the age of 12?

I am a longstanding ice hockey and off-road cycling mom. My son has advanced to auto racing. I am a neuropsychologist who began researching youth concussion in the 1990s before it was a hot topic of pro-sports and Hollywood producers.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is associated with repeated brain injury through contact or collision sports. CTE is a syndrome that affects how the brain functions, with a progressive deterioration of thought, emotion and behavior. However, reports of CTE have not always accurately informed the public, leading to misconceptions and unnecessary anxiety.


Rosemarie Scolaro Moser| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist|  Updated May 5; Posted May 5


Jersey Journal--Education groups want hearings after undercover videos of teachers union chiefs

Two education advocacy groups are calling for an investigation by state lawmakers following the release this week of two videos that appear to show New Jersey teachers unions presidents explaining how they protect teachers who commit criminal acts.


Terrence T. McDonald| Updated May 4; Posted May 4