6-5-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Governor, Democratic Leaders Tiptoe Toward Accord on School Aid

But with weeks to go before state budget must be enacted, other impediments need to be negotiated

Despite the implementation of spending and hiring freezes and plans for a government shutdown, Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders appear to be nearing agreement on an update of New Jersey’s school-aid law, which is a key sticking point in this year’s budget negotiations.


John Reitmeyer | June 5, 2018


Education Week--Teens Are Cyberbullying Themselves. Why?

Hannah Smith was a 14-year-old living in Lutterworth, England, when she began receiving hateful messages on the social-networking site Ask.fm. A few weeks later, she committed suicide.

Convinced their daughter was a victim of cyberbullying, her family called for the question-and-answer site to be shut down. But when Ask.fm officials investigated what happened, they found that 98 percent of the messages sent to Hannah could be tracked back to her own IP address.


Sasha Jones| May 29, 2018 | Corrected: May 30, 2018


Education Week--Retooled Courses Help Students Avoid a Remedial-Math Roadblock to College

Students escape the remediation trap via courses on math reasoning and statistics

Math is a notorious stumbling block that trips up students seeking college degrees. Every year, tens of thousands of young people fail to graduate because they can't earn enough math credits.

The landscape is daunting: Two-thirds of the students at community colleges, and 4 in 10 of those at four-year institutions, take remedial courses. Math is a much bigger sand trap than English: Far more postsecondary students fall into remedial math than reading, and fewer move on to credit-bearing courses.


Catherine Gewertz| May 22, 2018