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11-15-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Who Can Solve New Jersey’s Affordable-Housing Conundrum?

Gov. Murphy hasn’t made affordable housing a priority, but he’s giving the closing keynote at the League of Municipalities annual conference, and local leaders — among others — are looking for guidance

Affordable housing hasn’t been a top priority for Gov. Phil Murphy during his first year in office, but today he will address a convention of mayors and other local-government leaders who consider it a primary concern.


John Reitmeyer | November 15, 2018



NJ Spotlight--State Directs Money from Tobacco Tax to Fight Teen Vaping ‘Epidemic’

NJ tries to curb rising use of flavored e-cigarettes among youngsters as FDA cracks down on manufacturers at national level

New Jersey has joined a growing national movement seeking to curb what experts consider the epidemic increase in “vaping” among young people, investing about $7 million to reduce the use of these electronic tobacco-delivery devices in the Garden State.


Lilo H. Stainton | November 15, 2018



Chalkbeat--A quietly edited report and dueling blog posts reveal a divide over the ‘portfolio model’

A report on school choice released last month offered this in a list of strategies for improving schools: “creating a portfolio approach that treats all types of schools equally.”

Today, that reference is gone from the report — a small edit that reveals notable disagreements among prominent names in education who often agree.


Matt Barnum| November 14, 2018



Chalkbeat--Like most superintendents, I cared a lot about test scores. Too much, it turns out.

One of Paymon Rouhanifard’s earliest initiatives after becoming superintendent of Camden, New Jersey, schools in 2013 was to design a “school information card” that spelled out each school’s test scores in a family-friendly format. By the time he left the district this year, the cards were no longer being produced.

In this piece, delivered as a speech at the MIT School Access and Quality Summit on Tuesday, Rouhanifard explains why he did away with the cards against the advice of his team — and what that means, in his view, for the future of how children in high-need communities are educated. His personal evolution mirrors one that many in the education reform world are undergoing, as they increasingly reckon with the results of their own focus on test scores.


Paymon Rouhanifard| November 13, 2018



Education Week--Schools Are Spending Millions on Safety. How Will They Know It's Working?

Schools are spending tens of millions of dollars this year to shore up security in the wake of two mass school shootings. But how do K-12 leaders know if they are spending their scarce funds in the right way? Are the measures they invest in going to make their schools safer? How will they know if what they've done is working?


Evie Blad| November 13, 2018

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