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11-29-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--75 Gather in Morris for Training Session on School Shootings

Similar programs, focusing on prevention, will be held next month in other counties, including Bergen and Middlesex

Seventy five law-enforcement professionals, mental-health experts and educators gathered this week in Morris County to discuss how to prevent school shootings.

The two-day seminar, held at the county’s Public Training Safety Academy in Morristown, was led by Dr. Marisa Randazzo, managing partner of Sigma Threat Management Associates.

“One of the things that I think is most important, that people don’t understand, is that prior to most school shootings in the U.S., the school shooter let other people know about their violent ideas and plans beforehand,” Randazzo said.


NJTV News Online | November 29, 2018



Chalkbeat--Students show up to school more often when they see ‘familiar faces,’ new study finds

By eighth grade, Shawntia Reeves had attended at least four different schools. It took a toll on the Detroit student, who told Chalkbeat about the struggle of making and then losing new friends after switching schools.

“It makes you feel like you ain’t got no one to talk to,” she said.

New research shows that the sort of social disruption Reeves experienced can affect how often students show up to school. When students have more “familiar faces” around them in class, they’re less likely to be chronically absent, the paper finds — a connection that could prove useful to schools now being held accountable for reducing absences for the first time.


Matt Barnum| November 28, 2018  



Chalkbeat--‘What are we supposed to feel here?’ Education reformers look for answers amid a blue wave

Democrats flipped statehouses, won governorships, and gained control of the House this month, even as a handful of the most high-profile contests slipped from their grasp.

But the blue wave swept in a number of politicians who campaigned against key elements of the education reform agenda, including charter schools and test-based accountability for schools and teachers.

That, along with the unpopularity of charter supporter Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on the left, makes it a precarious moment for Democrats who support this particular brand of education reform. Many of them gathered in Boulder, Colorado, this week at the annual Philos Conference put on by a group affiliated with Democrats For Education Reform.


Erica Meltzer| November 28, 2018



Education Week--Majority of District Leaders Concerned About Cyber Threats, Project Tomorrow Report Finds

An overwhelming majority—71 percent—of district administrators are concerned about the security of their network against malicious attacks, according to a Project Tomorrow and iboss report.

The report, "The State of K-12 IT," released this week, surveyed more than 3,000 administrators in 2017 about data privacy concerns and the use of cloud computing in schools. The report was conducted by education nonprofit Project Tomorrow, in collaboration with iboss, a company provides network security services.


Lauraine Genota on November 28, 2018 3:02 PM



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