|6-12-18 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--More Scrutiny of Deals that Municipalities Make with Developers?
State lawmakers want increased regulation of local tax agreements that can adversely affect funding for school districts
As lawmakers consider increasing the amount of aid the state gives to K-12 school districts this year, they’re also advancing legislation that would bring more scrutiny to special tax agreements between local officials and developers that can also influence the bottom line for school districts.
John Reitmeyer | June 12, 2018
NJ Spotlight--Opinion: The New Jersey Budget Strategy Must Be Better
Either we move the budget discussion to a multiyear approach or we will fail to address our tax and spending issues and be right back at it again next year with no permanent solutions
Richard F. Keevey | June 12, 2018
NJ Spotlight--Phil Murphy may not like this possible counter-offer to his tax and budget plans
A framework for a possible legislative counterproposal to Gov. Phil Murphy's state budget obtained by NJ Advance Media shows just how far apart New Jersey's top elected officials are with just 19 days to the deadline for a spending plan.
The one-page outline includes more than $1.6 billion in tax hikes on corporations, revenue from a tax amnesty program, plus hundreds of millions of dollars in spending cuts and projected savings the lawmakers may want in place of Murphy's proposed new tax on millionaires and his proposed bump in the sales tax.
Matt Arco and Samantha Marcus| Updated Jun 11, 8:17 PM; Posted Jun 11, 7:10 PM
Education Week--Educators Scramble for Texts to Match Science Standards
The Clark County, Nev., school district has worked hard for several years to get lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards into teachers' hands. As a result, the district's director of K-12 science, Sheryl Colgan, does not mince words when asked what her teachers thought of a batch of newly published, purportedly aligned high school textbooks.
"The books were disappointingly very traditional, across the board," she said.
For anyone who lived through the last decade with the advent of the Common Core State Standards and the challenge of finding curricula to match them, Colgan's assessment will sound familiar.
Stephen Sawchuk| June 5, 2018
Education Week--What's in ESSA's Big Flexible-Spending Pot
The Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants—better known as Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act—is one of the most flexible federal programs around. And it just got a huge increase, from $400 million in the 2017-18 school year to $1.1 billion for the 2018-19 school year. The program is closely watched by advocates and district officials alike, in part because the dollars can cover such a wide array of needs—from school safety training to drama clubs to science programs to suicide prevention.
Alyson Klein| June 5, 2018
Garden State Coalition of Schools