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3-14-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Mental Health Education Starting in Kindergarten?

State lawmakers to vote today on measures that would require school curriculum to include age-appropriate lessons on mental health

New Jersey could join a small but growing handful of states that require public schools — in some cases starting in kindergarten and running through high school — to include mental health education as part of the curriculum, under proposals up for a vote today.


Lilo H. Stainton | March 14, 2019



Star Ledger--N.J. wants to send extra $15M to Lakewood for private schoolers. Why didn’t it tell anyone?

When Gov. Phil Murphy proposed his 2020 budget last week it revealed Lakewood School District would get a massive 63 percent hike in state funding, by far the largest of any district in the state.

But what state officials didn’t make clear is that the additional $14.9 million proposed for Lakewood is special treatment for the controversial district that isn’t called for in the state’s school funding formula.



Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Mar 13, 1:50 PM; Posted Mar 13, 11:17 AM



Asbury Park Press—Op-Ed: County School Districts Could Reduce Taxes, Segregation

A proposal by New Jersey Senate President Sweeney to create a pilot program of countywide school districts could address property taxes and school segregation

Micah Rasmussen| Asbury Park Press| Marcy 14, 2019


Associated Press (via Press of Atlantic City)--The parents of more than 40 unvaccinated kids in N.Y. want them back in school, now. A judge said no.

In a county at the epicenter of New York's worst measles outbreak in decades, a group of parents is pushing to get their kids back in school. The problem? The children aren't vaccinated.

Normally, children and their families are able to claim a religion-based exemption from required vaccinations. But, Rockland County's health department has said, these are not normal times. Across New York, there have been more than 300 confirmed measles cases, more than 150 in New York City and 146 in nearby Rockland County. In Rockland, most of the cases were found in those who were unvaccinated and under the age of 18.


Reis Thebault|The Washington Post| March 14, 2019


New York Times--Inside the Pricey, Totally Legal World of College Consultants

For prices up to $1.5 million, parents can buy a five-year, full-service package of college admissions consulting from a company in New York City called Ivy Coach.

The service — all of it legal — begins as early as eighth grade, as students are steered toward picking the right classes and extracurriculars to help them stand out from the crowd. Then comes intensive preparation for the SAT or ACT, both “coachable exams,” explained Brian Taylor, the company’s managing director, followed by close editing of college essays.

“Is that unfair? That the privileged can pay?” Mr. Taylor asked. “Yes. But that’s how the world


Dana Goldstein and Jack Healy| March 13, 2019


The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Shocked by the college admissions scandal? School counselors aren’t

'The students who need the most support receive the least'

Many people were shocked to learn of recent reports that wealthy parents allegedly fabricated college applications, facilitated cheating on standardized exams and bribed university officials to secure their children’s places in our nation’s best engine for social mobility — selective colleges.

The case has raised alarms about the meritocracy that many have long believed defines U.S. higher education and social mobility.


Mandy Savitz-Romer  and  Steve Desir| March 14, 2019


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