3-13-19 Education the News

NJ Spotlight--Latest Attempt to Rate NJ Schools Is Now Public

State education officials are again assigning a numerical grade — from 1 to 100 — to schools, based on achievement and other factors. Check out our searchable database

Grading schools is always tricky business, and the Murphy administration took a shot yesterday with the release of new School Performance Reports for 2017-2018 that again bestow a numerical grade to each school in the state.


John Mooney and Colleen O’Dea | March 13, 2019



NJ Spotlight--Murphy, Dem Leaders Now Must Round Up Votes for Marijuana Legislation

Have they the support of enough Democrats to legalize adult use in New Jersey? That’s just one question arising out of this week’s agreement on legislation

Although Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders have finally reached an agreement to legalize marijuana for recreational adult use in New Jersey, the smoke hasn’t yet cleared enough to see whether they have the votes to pass a bill.


Carly Sitrin | March 13, 2019



Star Ledger--Want to make it more affordable to live in N.J.? Then, consolidate our schools, lawmaker says

It’s a good time to be a student in New Jersey - and a terrible time to be a taxpayer.

Educational outcomes are better than ever, but tax rates are through the roof. If New Jersey stays on its current path, the very taxpayers that our state relies on for funding will start looking to make a life elsewhere.

New Jersey’s education system is our state’s pride and joy, and rightfully so. We pride ourselves on an array of diverse educational offerings, and on our trained and tech-savvy workforce. But if we want to keep our schools solvent as well as successful, they need to be efficient, too.


Vin Gopal| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist| Posted Mar 12, 11:11 AM



NY Times--Children May Be Grown, but Parenting Doesn’t Seem to Stop

Dad shows up at your job interview. Mom makes your medical appointments. The college bribery scandal is an extreme example of a broader pattern.

Bribing SAT proctors. Fabricating students’ athletic credentials. Paying off college officials. The actions that some wealthy parents were charged with Tuesday — to secure their children a spot at elite colleges — are illegal and scandalous. But they’re part of a broader pattern, albeit on the extreme end of the continuum: parents’ willingness to do anything it takes to help their grown children succeed.


Kevin Quealy and Claire Cain Miller| March 13, 2019