6-13-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Small New Jersey Town Takes On School-Funding Fight

The comfortable community of Chesterfield sits squarely at the center of the battle over how New Jersey funds public education

Chesterfield isn't what comes to mind when politicians talk about schoolchildren harmed by the state's failure to provide adequate education funding.


Karen Rouse | WNYC News | June 13, 2018


Star Ledger--Can't pay to make your school safer? We'll pick up the $20M tab, county tells its districts

Burlington County is allocating $20 million of its capital budget this year to fund school security building upgrades in 21 public high schools in the county.

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon in front of Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly. Officials there billed the effort as the first in the state and a model in the nation. They say it is a response to mounting concerns about security after the Florida high school shooting that claimed 17 lives earlier this year.


Bill Duhart| Updated Jun 12, 10:44 PM; Posted Jun 12, 8:27 PM


Star Ledger--The perfect suburban school is living a financial nightmare. Here's who is to blame

Take a walk down Thorn Lane, past the new houses with swimming pools and three-car garages, and you would think you had arrived at the picture-perfect neighborhood elementary school.

Dozens of bicycles are neatly parked in racks outside the red brick building. Sixth-graders' drawings of what they want to be when they grow up – a soccer player, a chef, a superhero – hang near the lobby. Before lunch, smiling students parade by in a single-file line, chattering along on their way to the cafetorium.

"It's deceiving," said Kim Breiland, a third-grade teacher and parent of two students at the school. "It's very deceiving."


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted June 12, 2018 at 09:05 AM | Updated June 12, 2018 at 04:44 PM



After Paramus bus crash, parents ask: Are school field trips safe, necessary?

In the wake of the Paramus middle school bus accident, parents are asking more questions and taking a closer look at safety protocols surrounding field trips.

Who's behind the wheel of the bus? Who are the chaperones? Are there other adults on the bus and who are they? Are the buses equipped with seat belts? Are field trips even necessary?


Gene Myers, NorthJersey Published 5:54 a.m. ET June 13, 2018 | Updated 7:27 a.m. ET June 13, 2018


NY Times--Where Boys Outperform Girls in Math: Rich, White and Suburban Districts

In much of the country, the stereotype that boys do better than girls at math isn’t true – on average, they perform about the same, at least through eighth grade. But there’s a notable exception.

In school districts that are mostly rich, white and suburban, boys are much more likely to outperform girls in math, according to a new study from Stanford researchers, one of the most comprehensive looks at the gender gap in test scores at the school district level.




Education Week--After-School Programs Enter Career-Tech Space

Portland programs offer taste of building trades

Before Audrey Collins joined an after-school career-mentoring program in Oregon, she wasn't sure what career she'd pursue after high school.

The 18-year-old, a new graduate of Grant High School in Portland, knew she liked math and had thought about mechanical engineering but admitted that she "honestly had no idea what that meant."


Marva Hinton| June 5, 2018