12-3-18 Education in the News

Olive Branch or Stick? — Sweeney Calls on Murphy to ‘Get in a Room’ and Talk

New Jersey’s Democratic leaders are at odds over landmark legislative issues. When will they talk things out?


NJTV News Online | December 3, 2018



Star Ledger--Hateful graffiti, swastikas found at 3 N.J. schools just miles apart

Two middle schools and a high school just a few miles apart in Union County spent Friday grappling with incidents of hateful graffiti allegedly scrawled onto school property by students.


Amanda Hoover | NJ Advance Media For NJ.com| Updated Nov 30; Posted Nov 30



Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--Bezos' preschools come as rich get richer, more generous

Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos' plan to fund preschools in poor communities puts him in the company of America's richest people who have dedicated some of their wealth to education, a legacy that has long challenged the role of poverty and capitalism in philanthropy.


SALLY HO, The Associated Press| Updated: December 2, 2018 — 10:40 AM EST



Princeton Packet--School district, charter school begin working on path of cooperation

The leaders of the Princeton Public Schools and the Princeton Charter School are looking to put their acrimonious past behind them, a move toward collaboration and not litigation.

That was one of the takeaways of the settlement they reached earlier this year to end a legal battle about the charter school expanding its enrollment by 76 students.

In that spirit of comity, representatives of both sides spent roughly an hour in Trenton on Nov. 26 with state Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet, who has a vision for school districts and the charter schools in their communities working more closely, officials said.


Phillip Sean Curran, Staff Writer| Dec 2, 2018 Updated Dec. 3, 2018


The Atlantic--The Controversy Over Parents Who Eat Lunch With Their Children at School

Schools claim it’s disruptive for parents to eat in the cafeteria. But parents crave the quality time, and some say it’s a good thing for them to be involved with their kids’ place of learning.

The grade-school lunchroom has long acted as a microcosm of social life. It’s where kids choose whom to sit with, develop friendships, and resolve conflicts. And lunch is one of the few less-supervised periods in most kids’ school days. Over the past several years, however, some school cafeterias have become invaded by a new group: parents.


Taylor Lorenz| Dec 1, 2018