2-4-19 Education in the News

The Record--NJ Seniors “In Limbo” Over PARCC Testing for Graduation

What will happen to thousands of students who are getting ready to graduate, now that court says testing requirements were illegal?


Hannan Adely| February 4, 2019


NY Times--Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer

Benjamin Dreyer sees language the way an epicure sees food. And he finds sloppiness everywhere he looks.

With his finely tuned editing ear, Benjamin Dreyer often encounters things so personally horrifying that they register as a kind of torture, the way you might feel if you were an epicure and saw someone standing over the sink, slurping mayonnaise directly from the jar.

There is “manoeuvre,” the British spelling of “maneuver,” for example, whose unpleasant extraneous vowels evoke the sound of “a cat coughing up a hairball,” Dreyer says. There is “reside,” with its unnecessary stuffiness. (“You mean ‘live’?”) There is the use of quotation marks after the term “so-called,” as in “the so-called ‘expert,’” which just looks stupid.


Sarah Lyall| Feb. 1, 2019


Chalkbeat--Cory Booker has been an ed reform favorite. That could be a problem for his 2020 campaign.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is running for president — and bringing a lengthy record on education with him.

The former mayor of Newark announced his plans Friday, joining a growing group of Democratic hopefuls. One way he stands out from that crowd: He’s spent much of his career promoting a specific vision for improving education that includes charter schools and merit pay for teachers — views that in recent years have gone out of fashion with many Democrats.

On Friday, Booker vowed to run “the boldest pro-public school teacher campaign there is,” noting he’s previously been endorsed by his state’s teachers unions.


Patrick Wall, Matt Barnum| February 1, 2019


The Atlantic--Rural Communities Struggle to Adapt to Life Without Football

Declining participation has led some high schools to cancel their football seasons, and players aren't the only ones feeling the loss.

Last fall was supposed to be the capstone of Braden Morris’s high-school football career. The previous year, his tiny southern Illinois school, Bunker Hill High School, which has fewer than 200 students, joined forces with a neighboring school so they’d have enough players to field a varsity team.


Lisa L. Lewis| Feb 1, 2019



NPR--Poor Students More Likely To Play Football, Despite Brain Injury Concerns

Fears of brain injuries has deterred many parents and their children from choosing to play football.

After years of publicity about how dangerous football can be, football enrollment has declined 6.6 percent in the past decade, according to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Those who still play the sport are increasingly low-income students.


Amanda Morris, Michel Martin| Heard on All Things Considered| February 3, 20194:53 PM ET


The HechingerReport--TEACHER VOICE: Is the cost of student-teaching worth it?

'The financial downside was crushing'

I sat at my computer in the summer of 2013 pondering whether I’d be able to begin my student-teaching.

I wondered whether spending four years learning to teach was worth the time and money, and whether my dreams of leading a classroom would ever come to pass.

I wondered if I should wait to apply for a fast-track program after graduating, or if I should take a year off to work so I could save more money.

Thousands of aspiring teachers have to make similar choices each year: Is the cost of student-teaching worth it?


Devin Evans| February 4, 2019