10-8-18 Education in the News

Star Ledger--N.J. schools may soon screen teens for depression -- A guide for parents.

If the bill going through state legislature becomes law, New Jersey schools would be required to screen all students in grades 7 through 12 for depression.

The students would answer a two-question survey as part of other regular health screenings, and if their results appear to indicate signs of depression, their parents will be notified, according to Dr. Herb Conaway (D-Burlington), a primary sponsor of the Assembly bill.

Some parents and professionals said the screening is a good idea but worry about its execution and if it will address what they call the real, underlying social and mental issues facing teens.

Here is everything you need to know about this potential new law:


 Cassidy Grom | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted October 07, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Updated October 07, 2018 at 10:01 AM


Star Ledger--N.J. schools can keep transgender kids' secret from parents, state says

It's one of the most delicate and potentially combustible questions schools can face. 

A teenager confides in a teacher that he or she is transgender and wants to transition at school without any family finding out about it. 

Should the school call the student's parents? And, if it does, what happens if mom and dad say no?


Adam Clark| adam_clark@njadvancemedia.com| Updated Oct 7, 7:05 AM; Posted Oct 7, 7:00 AM


Education Week--Betsy DeVos: The K-12 System Has 'Stolen Decision-Making Power From Families'

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has a lot of questions about the American K-12 education that she's been charged with leading, and she unspooled a series of them in a speech in Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday, the first day of four-state "Rethink School" tour.

"Why does 'the system' pretend that every teacher and every student is the same?"

"Why aren't parents allowed to decide the education that's right for their children?"


Alyson Klein on October 3, 2018 7:46 PM