11-28-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Jobs the Focus as Governor Launches High School STEM Program

 ‘It’s STEM on steroids,’ says mayor whose city will be one of the first to benefit from the initiative

Gov. Phil Murphy has teamed up with IBM on a new STEM education program for high schoolers. Called P-Tech, it will enable students who are passionate about science and math to get an associate degree in science, an industry mentor, and internship experience, all while still in high school. (The STEM field encompasses science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.)

“The P-Tech model, co-developed by IBM, brings together public high schools, businesses and county colleges to create clear career pathways for students,” the governor said at yesterday’s announcement.


NJTV News Online | November 28, 2018



Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight) Newark Continues to Wrestle with Charter-School Issues

As New Jersey takes a close look at charter schools, Newark’s large charter sector inspires passion — both for and against

Newark residents had a chance last week to sound off on charter schools, which remain a lightning rod in the city even as they educate more than one in three Newark students.


Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | November 28, 2018



Star Ledger--The 50 N.J. school districts that spend the least per student

There is an exception to every rule.

In New Jersey, a state known for paying good money for good public schools, the average district spent $20,849 per student during the 2016-17 school year, about a $500 increase from the year before. 

But while controlling the costs of education have been debated ad nauseam, you'd have hard time telling some folks in Chesterfield or Freehold Borough they are spending enough. 


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted on November 28, 2018 7:05 AM | Updated November 28, 2018 7:05 AM


Education Week--How Election Results Will Shake Up State Education Policy

Turnover in Governors, Lawmakers May Affect Policy and Personnel

There will be a new cast of characters overseeing state education policy in 2019—and many of them will be looking to shake things up to deliver on the many promises they made on the campaign trail in this year's midterm elections.

New governors—many of them Democrats—are expected to propose ambitious budgets with new ways of funding their K-12 systems. The fresh crop of governors and state board members is likely to lead to big turnover of state schools superintendents in places where they're appointed.


Daarel Burnette II| November 26, 2018


The Atlantic--Why Wisconsin High Schoolers Aren't Being Punished for Mimicking a Nazi Salute

A prom photo has sparked a fresh round of debate over students’ First Amendment rights.

Last May, several dozen young men gathered on the steps of the courthouse in Baraboo, Wisconsin, to take pictures before their high-school prom. It’s not clear what was going through each of their heads—though one could guess—when the majority of them extended their right arms, mimicking the Nazi salute as a parent snapped a picture. The students dropped their arms and proceeded to prom.


Joe Pinsker| Nov 27, 2018