10-17-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Cutting Down on Paper in a Bid to Modernize Local Government in NJ

Greater efficiency and savings for taxpayers promised by proponents of a measure ‘that’s really past due’

Representatives at all levels of local government in New Jersey are lining up to support legislation that would modernize the process — and cut way down on the paperwork — of bidding for goods and services in the search for the best price for taxpayers.


John Reitmeyer | October 17, 2018



NJ Spotlight--In Newark, Reporting Lapses Hide Thousands of Student Suspensions from Public View

Troubling patterns and racial disparities are masked by state’s inaccurate school report cards, giving the false impression that Newark has all but eliminated suspensions


Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | October 17, 2018


The Record—SAT or ACT: Which Test Should You Take?

Experts outline differences in SAT and ACT and whether students should take a college admissions test at all.



Chalk Beat--­­What our local education reporters learned when we collaborated with ProPublica to look at equity data

It’s a sad, familiar story: Across the country, students continue to have access to vastly different educational opportunities depending on where they live and the color of their skin.

Yet even as the Trump administration curtails programs that help low-income people and people of color, local educators and policymakers are in many cases working to make education more equitable.


Eric Gorski, Philissa Cramer| October 16, 2018



Education Week--School-to-Work Issues Are Surging in State Legislatures

No politician is likely to lose an election by focusing too heavily on creating jobs and boosting the workforce, which may help explain why legislation that seeks to connect education and career paths has become so popular in statehouses.

This year, 165 bills addressing the connection between education and the workforce were introduced in 31 states. Twenty-seven of those proposals eventually made it into law in 2018, according to the Education Commission of the States.


Sean Cavanagh, Senior Editor | October 15, 2018