2-21-19 Educaiton in the News

Jersey Journal--So what makes a good superintendent? More than just a résumé

Wanted: A superintendent to oversee the education of thousands of students, manage more than $100 million in budget funds, while navigating an often-unpredictable political landscape.

Any takers?

With Bayonne’s interim superintendent set to depart in June, and Jersey City’s Board of Education move to relieve its superintendent of her duties, both districts are looking for a new top administrator.

But who is qualified for such a job and what type of skills are necessary?


Corey W. McDonald | The Jersey Journal| Updated Feb 20, 3:32 PM; Posted Feb 20, 12:43 PM



Chalkbeat--Years after laying them off, Newark brings back attendance workers to track down absent students

A new school-attendance squad is on the job in Newark, ready to phone families and track down truant students.

More than 40 new attendance counselors and truancy officers made their official debut this week — part of a campaign by Superintendent Roger León to curb rampant absenteeism in the district. The linchpin of León’s approach is the rehiring of the attendance workers, who were laid off nearly six years ago amid questions about their effectiveness.

The employees — some new and some returning — will help craft school attendance plans, contact families, and bring truant students back to class with the help of Newark police officers.


Patrick Wall| February 20, 2019  



NY Times--As Students Struggle With Stress and Depression, Colleges Act as Counselors

The email set off alarms at Ithaca College.

“I’m literally fighting for my life but staying safe,” 22-year-old Christopher Biehn emailed a professor in late September. “I won’t be in class today (or perhaps for a bit) & just pray I won’t be hospitalized long-term.”


Brad Wolverton| Feb. 21, 2019



The Atlantic--The U.S. Teaching Population Is Getting Bigger, and More Female

Women now make up a larger share of educators than they have in decades.

Teaching in the United States was once considered a career for men. Then the profession’s gender composition shifted dramatically around the mid-19th century, when the country’s public-school system was born. As schoolhouse doors opened to children of all social classes and genders, so too did the education profession. By the late 1880s, women made up a majority—63 percent—of all the country’s teachers (though men continued to make up most of the high-school teaching force until the late 1970s). Within a few decades, the choice to teach young children was solidified as an inherently “feminine” pursuit; in fact, girls who couldn’t or didn’t want to be homemakers had few other job options.


Alia Wong| Feb 20, 2019