2-6-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Why Don’t Kids Go to School? Students Have Their Say

Lawmakers go straight to the source to hear about the obstacles that keep some kids from attending classes

Legislators looking to tackle the issue of chronic absenteeism in the state’s schools held a hearing yesterday and this time, they went straight to the source: students.

“We all went through the education system and we have all been affected by failures within the system,” Hansier Rodriguez, a sophomore at Rutgers University-Newark told the lawmakers at the hearing of the joint committee on public schools Tuesday. “We looked through previous research done on chronic absenteeism and didn’t find any implementation of youth or student voice in the focus of the research.”


Carly Sitrin | February 6, 2019



Star Ledger--These are the 50 best New Jersey public high schools for sports in 2019, report says

The 2019 Niche best school rankings are out and once again high schools from New Jersey checked in with some of the top-rated sports programs in the nation.

Schools from Passaic, Bergen, Burlington and Ocean counties are well represented in the rankings, and a new school has move into the No. 1 spot.



Matthew Stanmyre | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted on February 6, 2019 6:45 AM | Updated February 6, 2019 6:45 AM



Chalkbeat--Five things we’ve learned from a decade of research on school closures

The Oakland school board has a problem: too many schools and too few students. To stay afloat, the district plans to close as many as two dozen schools over the next five years.

That decision has not gone over well with the teachers and students affected.

“I know you think that [it] is a low-quality school, but they produce high-quality students,” one teacher said at the emotional meeting when the board announced the first closure.

Similar scenes have played out across the country. In some cities, the rapid growth of charter schools mean students are spread too thinly across too many district buildings, prompting closures. In other places, a declining number of school-age students is the culprit. And elsewhere, policymakers have been motivated to close schools by a desire to improve academic performance.


Matt Barnum  -  13 hours ago