6-11-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Despite High-Profile Deaths, State Figures Show Decline in Suicides

Four in 10 deaths nationwide were attributed, at least in part, to relationship problems, while nearly two out of three involved trouble with drug or alcohol abuse, or a recent crisis


Lilo H. Stainton | June 11, 2018


Star Ledger--School taxes are hammering people in these N.J. towns. See how yours stacks up

 Some homeowners in New Jersey pay more than 1 out of every 10 dollars they earn annually in their paychecks to their local school system, an NJ Advance Media Analysis finds, but the burden of education spending is not evenly distributed across the state — also also not what you might expect.


Stephen Stirling | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted June 11, 2018 at 06:01 AM | Updated June 11, 2018 at 06:06 AM


Star Ledger--Most N.J. school districts are getting screwed by the state - is yours one of them?

If you live in New Jersey, there's a good chance your school district is getting cheated.

The state has a formula that says exactly much money it should give each district so kids get the education they deserve. But it hasn't fully paid in almost a decade, leaving districts to raise taxes, cut jobs and put off new initiatives to make up the difference.

Things may finally be about to change, however. 


Adam Clark and Carla Astudillo| Updated Jun 10, 12:13 PM; Posted Jun 10, 9:27 AM


Star Ledger--These N.J. school districts are hemorrhaging students and it could spell big trouble

 New Jersey public schools have far fewer students coming into the system than in years past, a trend that, should it continue, could threaten the viability of some rural districts as enrollment plunges.  

An analysis of New Jersey school data for kindergarten through 2nd grade shows enrollment this year was down by more than 31,000 compared to 2011-2012. Some districts have lost more than a third of their class size, the data shows. 


Stephen Stirling | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted June 09, 2018 at 07:46 AM | Updated June 10, 2018 at 12:28 AM


Education Week-- Equity in K-12 Funding More Complex Than Just Dollars

Simple parity in K-12 aid isn't enough; how it's distributed proves crucial

Can more money make up for the effects of poverty in schools?

School finance experts increasingly say yes. But states will have to distribute their money much differently between schools and districts than they do today, with a more complex approach to fiscal equity than simple funding levels.


Daarel Burnette II| June 6, 2018