6-8-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Closer to Compromise: Can Sweeney and Murphy Reach Closure on School Funding?

Both camps are reporting progress, without releasing any details, with the Senate president suggesting the sides may be ‘close’

With New Jersey’s state budget — and a potential government shutdown — hanging in the balance, the Democrats’ ongoing negotiations over school funding look more and more to be about which districts will see increases and which will see cuts.


John Mooney | June 8, 2018


NJ Spotlight--Six Months into Murphy’s Term, Senate Confirms Six Cabinet Members

One reason process lasted as long as it did: disagreements over school funding between Sweeney and Repollet, new commissioner of education

Halfway through Gov. Phil Murphy’s first year, the Senate yesterday confirmed six key members of his Cabinet, ending an unusually drawn-out confirmation process punctuated by a dispute between the governor and Senate President Steve Sweeney.


Tom Johnson | June 8, 2018


Education Week--States Squeezed by Fiscal, Political Pressures on Funding

No matter how much they need, schools can only spend what they have—and that finite pot of money depends on broader economic and political factors largely beyond their control.

So when it comes to spreading nearly $648.6 billion in state, local, and federal education aid across the national landscape, there are bound to be big holes in the funding bucket, even in a generally resurgent economy.


Daarel Burnette II| June 6, 2018


NPR--Federal School Safety Commission Holds First Public Session. DeVos Wasn't There

The Trump administration's school safety commission held its first public listening session Wednesday, a day after the panel's chair, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the commission wouldn't focus on guns.

Alessia Modjarrad, a graduating high school senior from Montgomery County, Md., spoke at the day-long event at the Education Department in D.C. She said the few solutions being offered by the administration were "misguided and insufficient."

"I would ask to please consider the possibilities that guns are the most important aspect of the purview of this commission," Modjarrad said.


Brakkton Booker|   June 6, 20186:24 PM ET