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9-28-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Federal Funding for National Children’s Health Program Now at Risk

The clock is set to run out on the popular — and widely beneficial — CHIP program in just three days

While healthcare reform has been the recent focus in the nation’s capital, federal officials have failed to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which insures working-class children — including more than a million in New Jersey.

The funding is set to expire in three days


Lilo H. Stainton | September 28, 2017


NJ Spotlight--Budget Basics: Property Tax — Can It Realistically Be Reduced?

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


Most people believe the property tax is the most onerous tax in New Jersey. The total property tax in 2016 was $28.4 billion — greater than the income, sales, and corporate taxes combined. Property taxes are collected and used at the local levels of government: It is not spent by the state government. It cannot be readily reduced and is very difficult to control.

A summary of where property taxes are expended is as follows:


Richard F. Keevey | September 28, 2017


Star Ledger--5 things Phil Murphy said about taxes, NJEA, Trump and more at NJ.com town hall

With about six weeks until New Jerseyans pick a new governor to succeed Chris Christie, Democratic nominee Phil Murphy sat down for an hour-long town hall Wednesday night. Murphy fielded questions from Tom Moran, Matt Arco and audience members at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. 

Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and ex-Goldman Sachs banking executive, discussed his tax plan, a key law about to sunset, the NJEA's fight against Stephen Sweeney, how he'd fight President Donald Trump's immigrant policy and more. 

The evening came as Murphy leads Republican opponent Kim Guadagno, Christie's lieutenant governor by double digits in the polls. Guadagno had agreed to have her own town hall Thursday night at Rutgers but canceled, citing scheduling conflicts. 

Here's a look at what Murphy had to say Wednesday:


Posted September 28, 2017 at 06:55 AM | Updated September 28, 2017 at 06:55 AM


Star Ledger--Could student drinking be curbed by eliminating Friday night football games?

MILLBURN -- High school football and Friday nights may not go hand-in-hand for much longer.

At least one school district in New Jersey is testing the theory that rescheduling the crowd-drawing events might help curb student drinking and drug use.


Jessica Mazzola| Updated on September 28, 2017 at 6:47 AM Posted on September 28, 2017 at 6:45 AM


Education Week--The Future of Work Is Uncertain, Schools Should Worry Now

Automation and artificial intelligence are disrupting the labor market. What do K-12 educators and policymakers need to know?

Today's 6th graders will hit their prime working years in 2030.

By that time, the "robot apocalypse" could be fully upon us. Automation and artificial intelligence could have eliminated half the jobs in the United States economy.

Or, plenty of jobs could still exist, but today's students could be locked in a fierce competition for a few richly rewarded positions requiring advanced technical and interpersonal skills. Robots and algorithms would take care of what used to be solid working- and middle-class jobs. And the kids who didn't get that cutting-edge computer science course or life-changing middle school project? They'd be relegated to a series of dead-end positions, serving the elites who did.

Alternatively, maybe Bill Gates and Elon Musk and the other big names ringing the alarm are wrong. A decade from now, perhaps companies will still complain they can't find employees who can read an instruction manual and pass a drug test. Maybe workers will still be able to hold on to the American Dream, so long as they can adjust to incremental technological shifts in the workplace.

Which vision will prove correct?


Benjamin Herold|September 26, 2017

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