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3-12-19 Education in the News

Star Ledger--Three cheers for Murphy’s school funding | Editorial

A smattering of disgruntled districts brought busloads of protestors to stand outside the Statehouse on Tuesday, while Gov. Phil Murphy gave his budget address. “Save our schools,” they shouted.


Star-Ledger Editorial Board| Posted Mar 10, 3:07 PM


NJ Spotlight--HS Graduation: Commissioner, Principals Discuss Key Issues

 ‘We are moving away from PARCC, and we are doing it methodically,’ Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet tells NJ Spotlight roundtable

NJ Spotlight last week hosted a public conversation on the meaning of a New Jersey high school diploma for the 21st century, bringing together state Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet with three high school principals — all with strong opinions and experiences.


NJ Spotlight | March 12, 2019



Star Ledger--The 10 biggest winners in N.J.’s school funding shakeup

Sometimes you have to lose before you can win.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed 2020 budget calls for spending $206 million more on direct aid to public schools, and it reallocates another $90 million from districts considered overfunded by the state to districts that have long suffered from underfunding.


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Mar 11, 12:00 PM; Posted Mar 11, 11:50 AM


Star Ledger--School can’t find bilingual teachers in N.J., so admins are taking a $14K trip to Puerto Rico

Six officials from the Paterson public schools are heading to Puerto Rico this week seeking Spanish-speaking teachers willing to move to New Jersey and take a job in the state’s third-largest city.


Rob Jennings | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Mar 11, 4:33 PM; Posted Mar 11, 7:01 AM



Asbury Park Press—First check state’s school aid math—editorial

The New Jersey School Funding Formula instituted last year created winners and losers.  Some districts in the two shore counties were among those hardest hit.


Asbury Park Press Editorial Board| March 11, 2019


Education Week--What Tests Does Each State Require?

Education Week has tracked states’ testing plans in math and English/language arts since 2014. This year’s survey found a continued, steady erosion in the number of states using the PARCC or Smarter Balanced common-core-aligned tests: five fewer than in 2017. The number of states requiring students to take college-admissions tests, or pass an exit exam to graduate, is holding steady


Catherine Gewertz| February 15, 2017 | Updated: March 5, 2019


The Atlantic--The Trump Administration Really Wants to Cut Education Funding. Congress Doesn’t.

For the third year in a row, lawmakers are expected to disregard the administration’s proposed budget.

On Monday, Donald Trump’s administration released its budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year, and the plan isn’t pretty for the Education Department. The proposal requests a roughly $7.1 billion cut in funding for the department compared with 2019, which represents a 10 percent decrease in its budget. The proposed cut is unlikely to go anywhere; like years past, Congress is expected to disregard it for the most part. Instead, more than anything, the proposal is an exposition of the administration’s philosophy on education: It is a state and local issue that the federal government shouldn’t have its hands in.


Adam Harris| Mar 11, 2019


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