1-4-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--For Stretched NJ Students, Help on the Way in Learning How to Manage Finances

New Jersey’s college students are among the most debt-laden in the country. Financial literacy soon will be required in middle school

Learning how to handle basic financial decisions such as managing a savings account or responsibly using credit cards will soon be required of middle school students in New Jersey, with the first bill to be signed into law in 2019.

Known as financial-literacy legislation, its adoption comes in response to concerns about serious economic challenges faced by young adults, including the high cost of college tuition that saddles many with hefty debt obligations.


John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2019



NY Times--The Fight to Keep Teachers in Tech Hubs From Being Priced Out

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Rizi Manzon lives in the heart of Silicon Valley, in a modest-looking neighborhood of garden apartments and one-story houses on small lots. His own home is five minutes from Apple’s headquarters in what is, by some measures, the most expensive housing market in the country.

If Mr. Manzon, a culinary arts teacher at a nearby high school, had to pay market rates for his one-bedroom apartment — average rent in Santa Clara County is over $3,500 — housing costs would eat up 75 percent of his $65,000 salary, he estimated.

Luckily for him, he pays just $1,450 per month.


Dana Goldstein| Jan. 4, 2019



Education Week--How Parents and Educators Can Team Up on Special Education

As its name suggests, the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood was founded with the goal of fully embracing students with disabilities and their families.

You can see that philosophy at work when you walk through the door—literally.

Unlike many schools, "the Henderson" doesn't require parents to drop off their children at the school entrance. Usually schools make that request so they can efficiently get the kids to their classrooms.


Christina A. Samuels| December 5, 2018



The Atlantic--How to Turn Schools Into Happier Places

A strong student-teacher relationship can help put a dent in school suspensions, according to a new study.

When the Trump administration released its school-safety report last month, it landed with a thud—and only partly because it’s a clunky 180 pages. Many of the recommendations in the report, authored by the Federal Commission on School Safety, are aimed at fostering a better school climate—how a school feels to the students who attend it—whether that’s through improved access to counseling and mental-health services or a greater emphasis on social-emotional learning. But other recommendations were met with derision, such as a proposal to rescind an Obama-era rule urging schools to be mindful of whether they might be punishing minority students at a higher rate than white students.


Adam Harris| Jan 3, 2019