|7-28-17 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Interactive Map: Teacher, Administrative Salaries Edge Higher Across the State
The lowest average salaries for teachers and other education professionals tend to be found in charters and small, elementary school districts
Colleen O'Dea | July 28, 2017
NJ Spotlight--State’s New Ways to Pay into Public-Pension System ‘Huge Step in Right Direction’
Starting this month, New Jersey’s chronically underfunded public pensions are going to benefit from Lottery funds as well as from more regular payments by the state
The New Jersey public-employee pension system traditionally has received cash contributions from the state in one lump sum — and only if the annual budget has been healthy enough at the close of each fiscal year to provide the full amount set aside by lawmakers.
But thanks to two recent policy changes that took effect earlier this month with the start of a new fiscal year, the pension system is going to receive more regular cash infusions from the state, and from two different revenue sources.
John Reitmeyer | July 28, 2017
Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--Report: School violence, bullying down in US public schools
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of violent attacks and incidents of bullying in American public schools has gone down in recent years, according to a federal report published Thursday.
Violence and bullying were more frequent in middle schools than in high schools or elementary schools, said the study by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics.
The report said the rate of violent incidents in middle schools dropped from 40 incidents per 1,000 students in the 2009-2010 school year to 27 incidents in 2015-2016. Bullying in middle schools was observed in 39 percent of schools in 2009-2010, compared to 22 percent last school year.
Updated: July 27, 2017 — 5:01 PM EDT
Education Week--Trump Ed. Dept. Changes Process for ESSA Feedback
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her team have gotten big blowback for their responses to states on their plans for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. State officials and even some of DeVos' GOP allies in Congress have said the department is being nit-picky, inconsistent, and going beyond the bounds of ESSA, which sought to rein in the federal policy footprint.
So now the agency is changing the process, Elizabeth Hill, a spokeswoman for the department confirmed. Instead of just sending letters to states on their plans, the department will first have two-hour phone conversations with states and go over any the issues that peer reviewers had.
If states are able to explain a potential hiccup to the department's satisfaction, the department may not mention it in the state's official feedback letter, which would come out after the phone call.
The new process seems designed to give states a chance to answer the feds' questions about their plans before official feedback is made public.
Alyson Klein on July 27, 2017 11:22 AM
Garden State Coalition of Schools