8-23-17 Education in the News

NBC News (Channel 4 New York)-- Top New Jersey High School Drops Varsity Football Team Amid Slump in Players, Nationwide Debate

What to Know

  • A New Jersey school district says a dwindling number of players has forced it to drop one a high school varsity team
  • West Windsor-Plainsboro's superintendent announced the decision in a letter to parents; he said another school may drop their team next year
  • Recent studies link brain injuries to football and say young athletes aren't fully protected from potentially life-threatening injuries

One of the top-ranked high schools in New Jersey has disbanded its varsity football team as the sport continues to grapple with growing concerns from parents about safety. 

The decision by West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools comes as youth football teams across the country deal with declining participation rates fueled by such safety concerns, as did funding cuts and demographic changes.

Source: Top New Jersey High School Drops Varsity Football Team Amid Slump in Players, Nationwide Debate - NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/New-Jersey-High-School-North-Drops-Varsity-Football-Team-Brain-Injury-Concerns-441537813.html#ixzz4qfjliSB5
August 23, 2017


Education Week--Payoffs Seen in Smooth Transition to Kindergarten

Easing the transition to this early grade can yield dividends later on

The kindergartners are coming.

And these children, nearly 4 million strong in the 2017-18 class, are more likely than any other grade to be a blank slate to their teachers. But states, districts, and individual schools are working to change that, by creating transition programs to ease children's entry into school.

In some areas with publicly funded pre-K, teachers are huddling to share information about children's strengths and weaknesses with the kindergarten teachers who will educate them next. In other areas, some districts have created their own programs, such as short-term summer classes that give young children a taste of what kindergarten will be like…


Christina A. Samuels| August 22, 2017