8-9-17 Education in the News

Jersey Journal--Students tour shark-tracking research ship

Weehawken students spent their Saturday learning first-hand how sharks are tagged and tracked in the tri-state area.

A group of 30 students, teachers, and parents toured Ocearch, the at-sea laboratory best known around the state as the team responsible for tagging Mary Lee, the great white shark the frequents the East Coast.

While the ship was anchored off the tip of Long Island, the group learned how researchers from the organization track its mammals.


Caitlin Mota| Updated on August 8, 2017 at 3:07 PM Posted on August 8, 2017 at 1:27 PM


Star Ledger--Why is Lakewood spending $32M to send kids to private school?

LAKEWOOD — Attorney Michael Inzelbuch walked into court in Atlantic City a few weeks ago with the family of his latest client. 

She was a little girl from an Orthodox Jewish family preparing to begin pre-K in Lakewood's public school system. Her evaluation said she had a long list of challenges – Down syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and physical problems, including a limp. 

Lakewood's experts said the school district could educate her in the district's Early Childhood Center, located in a series of trailers. But Inzelbuch argued the public school couldn't accommodate the girl's disabilities. 

In the end, the judge agreed. Lakewood taxpayers will foot a higher bill to pay for the girl's private school tuition at one of the specialized schools in town run by members of the Orthodox Jewish community. 

"I got them what they deserved. Nothing more. Nothing less," said Inzelbuch, who has sued the Lakewood district more than 100 times on behalf of special ed students. "They deserve an appropriate education." 

Lakewood expects to spend nearly $32 million on tuition this year to send special education students… The bill is among the highest in the state and one of the reasons the booming Ocean County town is facing a school funding crisis. 


Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted August 08, 2017 at 07:30 AM | Updated August 08, 2017 at 04:32 PM

Associated Press (Via Philadelphia Inquirer)-- More students coming to US for high school, but growth slows

A new report says the number of international students coming to the U.S. for high school is leveling off after years of rapid growth.

The report released Wednesday by the Institute of International Education says the number grew by just 1 percent between 2015 and 2016 after growing by 8 percent in 2013.

Researchers say growth has slowed as international students gain more educational options in their own countries and abroad.


COLLIN BINKLEY, The Associated Press| Updated: August 9, 2017 — 4:22 AM EDT


Education Week--Five Big Things at Stake for Educators in GOP's Quest for Tax Reform

With the collapse of the Republicans' effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the next big-ticket item on the GOP's agenda is reforming the federal tax code. So how could tax reform impact educators? 

Late last month, congressional and Trump administration Republicans released a general set of principles that are guiding the tax reform effort, including the push to ensure the plan reduces tax rates "as much as possible." (Congress last passed comprehensive tax reform in 1986.) We highlighted five items of particular interest for those working in schools below.

1) The State and Local Taxes Deduction

Eliminating this deduction on federal taxes, which has the support of some conservatives, would be a big step for GOP lawmakers, and maybe one they will ultimately decide is too dramatic. But according to Jack Jennings, a long-time Democratic education staffer on Capitol Hill and the former head of the Center on Education Policy, "That by far is the biggest threat to funding for education."

Why? Getting rid of the deduction would put very significant pressure on state and local governments to reduce the tax burden they place on individuals. That, in turn, would likely cut down on tax revenue available to public schools. That's particularly true in many states in the northeast where per-pupil expenditures from state and local sources are relatively high, Jennings noted—and those states, he added, did not vote for President Donald Trump in 2016. 


By Andrew Ujifusa on August 7, 2017 7:23 AM