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6-15-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Burlington County Leads with $20M Initiative for Greater School Security

Board of Freeholders dedicates half the capital budget to beef up safety at 21 public high schools

Burlington County is launching an innovative grant program to fund school security that’s unlike any other in the state.

A resolution passed Wednesday night by the Burlington Board of Freeholders will dedicate $20 million — half the county’s capital budget — to funding school security enhancements at 21 public high schools across the county. The move is unparalleled in New Jersey and innovative even in national terms.

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/06/14/burlington-county-leads-with-20m-initiative-for-greater-school-security/

Carly Sitrin | June 15, 2018

 

NJ Spotlight--Fine Print: Ruiz-Madden Bill Package Protect Students from Sexual Abuse

Hidden video catches union leaders saying they’d protect teachers

What it is: State Sens. Teresa Ruiz and Fred Madden, chairs of the Senate’s education and labor committees, respectively, have proposed a set of six bills that would place new requirements on schools and the state to train, monitor, and enforce student protections against sexual abuse, including by teachers and staff. The bills were taken up by the Senate education committee yesterday.

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/06/14/fine-print-ruiz-madden-bill-package-aims-to-protect-students-from-sexual-abuse/

 John Mooney | June 15, 2018

 

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: State’s New Law on Absenteeism — Only the Beginning

Schools that succeed in reducing absenteeism go beyond just complying with state and district rules to encourage and support attendance as a fundamental part of their mission to educate

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/06/14/op-ed-state-s-new-absenteeism-law-only-the-beginning/

Cynthia Rice and Peter Chen | June 15, 2018

 

Press of Atlantic City--Schools one part of complicated response to teen suicide, experts say

Who can help teens suffering from mental health issues and contemplating suicide?

Anyone, including their friends, experts say.

“See something, say something. Every time it’s said, take it seriously,” said Dr. Inua A. Momodu, chairman of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry.

https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/education/schools-one-part-of-complicated-response-to-teen-suicide-experts/article_bd0b8b8c-98a1-5260-9132-ddafb0d15fe1.html

CLAIRE LOWE Staff Writer | 15 hrs ago

 

Education Week--Advocates Worried About Special Ed. Testing Waivers Under ESSA

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has allowed nearly half of states to get wiggle room from a provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act aimed at making sure that only a small percentage of students are taking alternative tests reserved for children with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

And the process for granting that leeway has made special education advocates uneasy.

Those advocates fear the department—and the states—aren’t meeting transparency requirements in the law.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/06/13/advocates-worried-about-special-ed-testing-waivers.html

Alyson Klein| June 13, 2018

 


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