|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.
TARIRO MZEZEWA| SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
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.
Alyson Klein on September 18, 2017 3:36 PM
Garden State Coalition of Schools