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9-20-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Budget Basics: How New Jersey Spends Your Money

A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Where does the state get its money?


Projected revenue for fiscal year 2018 is $34.7 billion — not counting federal aid.

Seventy percent comes from two taxes — the income tax ($14.4 billion) and the sales tax ($9.8 billion). The next-largest tax is the corporate income tax ($2.4 billion). These three taxes represent almost 77 percent of all revenues.


Richard F. Keevey | September 20, 2017



Jersey Journal--Weehawken wired for success as 'Future-Ready' school district

The Weehawken school district is well prepared for the future of education -- and it has the certifications to prove it.

The small North Hudson school district became the first in Hudson County to have all its schools --  Weehawken High School, Daniel Webster and Theodore Roosevelt -- recognized as "Future-Ready" by Future Ready Schools-New Jersey for its commitment to digital education. 

The certification program is a partnership of the state Department of Education, state School Boards Association and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The year-long process requires schools to submit evidence of future-ready practices in three categories: leadership, education and classroom practices; and technology support and services.

Weehawken officials say that only 55 schools in New Jersey have been certified as Future-Ready.  


Ron Zeitlinger| Updated on September 19, 2017 at 12:59 PM Posted on September 19, 2017 at 12:56 PM


NY Times--9 Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Students

Between the social-media-fueled pressure, college admissions madness and bullying culture, schools today can be a minefield. We collected some education-themed Op-Eds to help guide families as they settle into the new year.




Education Week--Q&A: One-on-One with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has faced some big challenges in her more-than six months in office—setbacks in Congress on her school choice proposals, difficulty staffing her department, protestors greeting her at every turn, not to mention the political stickiness of serving a controversial president. 

She's also come into the agency at a consequential time, with every state filing a plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, the first update to the main federal K-12 law in over a decade. And she may well be at the department when Congress next considers an update to special education laws.

We talked about all of that and much more in a wide-ranging interview Friday, the final day of the secretary's "Rethink School" tour, which kicked off last Tuesday and covered six states.

You can read an analysis of highlights of our conversation here. And you can read more about the final stops on the tour here.


Alyson Klein on September 18, 2017 3:36 PM

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