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1-18-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--State Officials Ask Judges to Let Classes of 2019 and 2020 Graduate Under Old Rules

DOE says appellate court case is leaving nearly 170,000 current seniors and juniors without a clear path to graduation

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, the futures of thousands of New Jersey high schoolers are in limbo as the legal battle around graduation testing requirements presses on.

The state Department of Education this week filed a motion for partial reconsideration in an appellate court case that it says is leaving nearly 170,000 current seniors and juniors without a clear path to graduation. The DOE is asking the court to clarify that the recent decision striking down the PARCC graduation requirements will not apply retroactively to students who had met the qualifications as of December 30, 2018.


Carly Sitrin | January 18, 2019



NJ Spotlight--Teachers Lobby for Reduced Health Insurance Costs

Members of the NJEA say they’re losing money because premiums are rising faster than their annual pay raises

Members of New Jersey’s largest teachers union rallied in Trenton yesterday, demanding that lawmakers and the governor support a package of bills that would, among others things, lower their healthcare premiums.

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) came out in force against a 2011 law called Chapter 78 that mandates them to pay a share of their health insurance. They said that premium increases are outpacing their annual raises and, as a result, they’re losing money. They’re backing a bill that would link their premium share to a percentage of their salaries rather than to healthcare policies negotiated by school districts.


NJTV News Online | January 18, 2019


The Record—NJ Seniors ‘In Limbo’ Over PARCC Testing for Graduation

What will happen to thousands of students who are getting ready to graduate, now that court says testing requirements were illegal?


Hannan Adely, North Jersey Record| January 18, 2019


Education Week--The Black Achievement Paradox Nobody's Talking About

Why do black students whose parents serve in the military so significantly outperform their peers from black civilian families? This question has for years stumped researchers, but a new data-reporting requirement for military-connected students under the Every Student Succeeds Act could provide some insights for practitioners and policymakers serving America's increasingly mobile students overall.


Daarel Burnette II | January 8, 2019


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